Android Messages

Google Updates Android Messages, Immediately Backtracks

On Thursday, users reported that Google was rolling out a major update to its Android Messages app. As well as removing the pointless blue bar at the top of the screen, the update also switched the font over to the standard Google Sans. The biggest change, though, came in the introduction of a new dark mode to make things easier on the eye. Twitter and YouTube users will already be familiar with this function- it switches the overly-bright white background of the app to a softer off-black hue.

By Friday night, though, Google backtracked on that update entirely. Whether users had installed it or not, the new features were gone completely. You might not know it, but Android Messages is set up in such a way that Google can instantly make changes to it on the fly. Those changes bypass any updates that might have been installed, so it looks like dark mode is now gone for good.

This begs the question of why Google would launch such a big update and then pull it just 24 hours later. There are several theories flying around. Some think that the user backlash against the removal of custom chat colours could be to blame, but we doubt that. After all, tech companies are used to people complaining by now- they tend to just power through. A much more convincing argument is that this update may have been launched accidentally, before it was really ready for public use. Perhaps there was an app-breaking bug that people just didn’t have time to experience- all the more reason why the update was launched without any official announcement.

If anything, it’s likely that any issues would have been linked to the new dark mode. It’s a shame that this feature has been pulled. For the time we had it, we personally really liked the look of the new redesign. Oh well- hopefully it isn’t too long before Google fixes things, and we can enjoy it for a bit longer next time!




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