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Google is going big on dark mode in 2019. Reports, earlier this month, suggested that Google is planning to include a system-wide dark mode in the upcoming variant of its mobile OS– Android Q. And now, the word is that the company latest service that will get a ‘dark upgrade’ is its virtual digital assistant- Google Assistant.

According to a report by 9To5 Google, the Mountain View, California based company is offering dark mode in Google Assistant as an update (version 9.5) in the beta version of its Google app. When enabled, the dark mode not only affects the info cards but also page listings and responses by the Google Assistant.

However, the dark theme, as is still not refined and needs major changes before it can be rolled out to a wider audience. The screenshots shared by the publication show inconsistencies in the implementation of the dark mode in the Google app. For instance, while the info cards are dark, the background remains white. This, in turn, defeats the entire purpose of having a dark mode, which is designed not just to reduce the glare on to the eyes, especially in the night time, but also preserve the precious battery life. In fact, Google speaking at the Android Dev Summit last year, said that the dark mode, when used under specific conditions, can help in conserving up to 60 per cent of a phone’s battery life.

Having said that it is important to note that the dark mode in Google Assistant, as spotted by the publication, is still in the early stages of development and needs a ton of refinement before it is rolled out on to the main app.

Meanwhile, if you want to try out the dark mode in Google Assistant, you will first have to get your hands on the latest beta version of app and enable the battery battery saver option in your phone. But if you have you an Android phone running on Android Pie developer options, then all you need to do is turn on the night mode option.