Recently, manufacturers have been baking the ability to theme your phone directly into the software. Not all phones support this and not all theming subsystems are made the same.
Shortly after booting up my LG G8 ThinQ, I realized that it came with a theming subsystem. I looked around their theme store and saw some things I liked. I applied one of their dark themes and it looked great. All this was happening shortly after set up so many of my apps were still installing so I went to the Play Store to check the status of the installations. Let me pause here to say that LG's phone transfer software is amazing. I didn't have to go and tell it to install anything from the Play Store. The phone already knew which apps to install and even brought over my data for some of my apps.
Anyhow, I digress. I went to check on my installing apps and saw that a half a dozen were still downloading. Wanting to kill some time, I decided to see if, unlike most other phones I've owned, there were LG G8 ThinQ compatible themes on the Play Store. There were. In fact, there were some pretty awesome one.
(Images are sourced from the Play Store entry linked above.)
Talk about eye candy. I know, I know. Not everyone likes dark themes. I like them because they're easier on my eyes at night and because I just like dark themes. There's also something to be said about how they theoretically use up a little less power on OLED displays.
Random lesson time:
The way that LED displays work:
For each black LED pixel, the pixel has to actively block the light coming from behind it from reaching you and thus using power to both power the light and the darkening of the pixel.
The way that OLED displays work:
Each OLED pixel is its own light source. As there is nothing to block, the darker the color, the less power has to be put into the pixel.
The Android developers themselves have looked into this and concluded that:
At 50% brightness, the new Dark Mode interface in the YouTube app saves a little under 15% screen energy when using blacks and muted grays over a flat white background. At 100% screen brightness, the dark interface is saving a whopping 60% of screen energy.
While neither theme is free, I really love the way they look. My LG G8 ThinQ looks gorgeous.
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