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Android Marshmallow's Dark Theme will not come back in the final OS build

Android Marshmallow's Dark Theme will not come back in the final OS build

A screengrab from a video instruction on how to enable the Light or Dark Theme on the Android M Developer Preview. | YOUTUBE / Phandroid

Google silently added the experimental Dark Theme in the Android M Developer Preview, but reports say this feature will not be coming back to the final Android 6.0 Marshmallow build.

Android users who are hoping to replace their Light Theme with the more attractive Dark Theme will have to brace themselves for disappointment. The second Android M Developer Preview reportedly did not include the Dark Theme, and the feature will not make it to the final Android 6.0 Marshmallow version, which will be released to the public, according to NDTV.

Although the Dark Theme will not be included in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a Google engineer said it may make its way in other versions to be released in the future, the report states.

When a user requested Google to bring back the Android M's Dark Theme with additional tweaks, the Googler confirmed that the feature will not be available in the final OS build.

"Thanks for the suggestion. Our development team has looked into this feature request," NDTV quotes the Googler's response. "This will not be included in the M release. However, this may be considered for future releases."

The Dark theme was first seen in the 2015 I/O developer conference and was next released in the first Android 6.0 Marshmallow Developer Preview in May. However, Google later on pulled it silently, the International Business Times reports.

Many users favored the Dark Theme because it would have been useful for those who like tweaking with their smartphones at night. The first developer preview of the OS also included a bright UI theme called Light Theme for daytime smartphone use, the report details.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the most recent update in Google's mobile operating system. It comes with several new features including fingerprint scanner support, RAM manager, and improved apps permission. Android M is set to be released on Sept. 29.

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