Dark mode may have been the rage for 2019, but not all apps have implemented the feature perfectly thus far and one such app which was faced with a half-hearted implemention was Google News.
Although Google’s News app received support for a dark theme a while ago, opening articles in the web view would still show up in the light theme, defeating the entire purpose of having a dark theme. It now seems like Google is testing a full-fledged dark theme in the app, one which works on the web view as well.
Discovered by XDA Developers, Google News is now testing dark theme throughout the app. Earlier, articles rendered by the app would follow the dark background, however, the articles loaded by the Android system WebView wouldn’t. That’s currently being worked on and it could be rolled out in a future update.
Apart from the dark theme, Google News is testing a voting system for curation. While this might sound like more like the upvoting and downvoting that happens on Reddit, XDA suggests that this will help you curate your news feed. Think like and dislike buttons on YouTube and Spotify, but for Google News.
Essentially, the type of news articles you upvote will appear more on your feed and the ones you downvote will slowly stop appearing. This curation will be done based on the sources and topics in the news articles.
These features aren’t available yet for users and there’s no guarantee that they will become available anytime soon. However, given that they’re mostly complete, we expect them to become available to the wider public in a future version of the app.