While many popular apps already have dark modes, Facebook has been taking its sweet time. The company rolled out dark mode for Instagram, Messenger, Facebook Lite, and WhatsApp, but the main Facebook app is still waiting.
It’s not that Facebook hasn’t been working on it, we’ve seen hints of it going all the way back to August 2019. New screenshots reveal further progress and some other interesting features.
Dark mode appears to be almost complete hinting at a stable release. There’s an option to manually toggle on/off dark mode on Facebook or choose to set it by default from Android 10’s system-wide dark theme option.
The screenshots below show dark mode in the stable Facebook app for Android. It will feature a manual toggle and the ability to use Android 10’s system setting. The dark mode implementation is similar to others we’ve seen, opting for a dark gray instead of pure black. Blue highlights and colorful reactions are still present. It does appear to be mostly finished, but there’s no word on a timeline.
Facebook is also working on a coronavirus tracker within its Android app. This tracker shows local coronavirus cases over the course of three weeks. It also shows country-wide cases calculated on the basis of seven days. On top the tracker will show the number of confirmed cases globally. It’s likely that Facebook will launch this feature first in the US before rolling it out globally.
The “Time on Facebook” section is also getting revamped with a new UI. This is Facebook’s Digital Wellbeing feature that shows how much time you’ve spent on Facebook on a weekly basis.
Time on Facebook now shows a grid-based UI with better separations for different sections. There were no new features discovered though.