Google Chrome will soon look incredibly different on Android smartphones

Google Chrome is the most popular internet client in the world.

That means it has more active monthly users than the likes of Safari, Microsoft Edge and Firefox.

Part of Google Chrome’s popularity stems from its high-degree of customisability that is offered from its range of extensions.

Moreover, the browser is regularly updated by Google, meaning new features and tools are always being introduced.

It is no secret that the American tech giant is working on an upgrade for Chrome that will introduce a dark mode to fans as one of its next substantial overhauls.

Dark modes have become increasingly prominent and popular with both Microsoft and Apple implementing system-wide themes on their respective computer operating systems.

Moreover, Google has actively encouraged the implementation of dark modes on its Android apps to give users more choice and to save battery life.

The firm has explained the darker colours result in less power being drained by device screens overall, resulting in longer performance time.

Last year an associated bug report for a dark theme was spotted on the Mountain View firm’s Chromium blog.

At the time it seemed as though Google was attempting to figure out a method in which its Incognito mode on the browser would be differentiated from another darker aesthetic.

Since then, Google engineer Peter Kasting has insisted the tech giant is still working on a dark mode for Chrome.

In a Reddit post, spotted by TechDows, he said: “For desktop, native dark mode support is in progress; in the meantime, we generally suggest people use a dark theme.

“I can’t speak to mobile; the mobile platforms are different teams and I don’t have visibility there.”

Although Kasting said he was unable to clarify whether a dark mode was in development for Google Chrome, a new commit has emerged in Chromium’s Gerrit source code that says such a theme is in the works for the client’s Android version.

First spotted by 9to5Google, it read: “[Dark] Add build flag and experiment flag.

“This patch adds a build flag and an experiment flag for the dark mode experiment. It will exclude the night – resources in the build for now.”

Bringing a dark mode to Google Chrome appears to line up with the suggestion the Mountain View firm is planning a system-wide dark mode for the next version of Android, Q.

Android Police recently noted a post on Google’s Chromium bug tracker blog discussed such an addition.

Googler Lukasz Zbylut said: “The Q team wants to ensure that all preloaded apps support dark mode natively.

“In order to ship dark mode successfully, we need all UI elements to be ideally themed dark by May 2019.”

A system-wide dark mode is different to that currently offered on Android 9 Pie.

At the moment, applying a dark theme only changes the colours for the system’s application drawer and notification shade.

However, a system-wide theme would automatically alter the gradients of Google first-party applications, such as Messages, Maps and Chrome, rather than forcing the user to make changes manually.

The dark mode for Chrome is currently not available in Canary, an early version of the software that is used to test features before their official release.

This suggests such a function may still be in early stages of development.

For that reason it is currently unclear when such a theme could arrive for all fans.