Dark themes are the future. Users have been clamoring for dark theme support across platforms and applications, and it makes sense for multiple reasons; it's easier on the eyes (especially at night), it saves more battery on AMOLED devices and it just looks so much better. And it seems software developers have been listening; we've seen the adoption of dark themes in areas like the Pixel 2 launcher in the form of the OMS theme engine. And now, it seems Google is following suit with the YouTube app; a teardown has exposed that a dark themed YouTube app may be on its way soon.
The teardown, done by Android Police, has exposed a feature called "Dark Watch" within its code; a half-finished dark window feature that dulls the video player screen and its surrounding borders. It can be activated through a toggle in the developer settings:
As you can see below, it far from finished. Video titles are invisible on a black background, some elements like the Autoplay toggle are either too bright or too dark compared to the rest of the controls and the entirety of the recommendations list hasn't been altered yet. We hope that YouTube polishes up the feature soon, and we can see it materialize over the course of the next few weeks; for more dark theming is never a bad thing.
What do you guys think? Are you excited to see a dark theme come to YouTube over the course of the next few weeks? Let us know in the comments, or post over in the forums with your thoughts.