Google has been working on a system-wide dark theme for ChromeOS for quite some time now. The dark theme was initially rolled out to users on the Stable channel earlier this year. However, at the time, it was hidden behind a feature flag. Google is now finally bringing it to the fore with the latest ChromeOS update (version 104) on the stable channel, along with a few other useful features.
Google recently started rolling out ChromeOS 104.0.5112.83 on the stable channel and the latest release adds a new dark theme toggle to the quick settings. While you can access this dark theme toggle by enabling the feature flag in previous builds, you no longer need to do this on the latest ChromeOS releases.
According to 9to5googleThe new dark theme toggle appears on the second page of the Quick Settings. You can tap on it to enable the system-wide dark theme, which changes the appearance of every aspect of the user interface. To complement the new dark theme, Google has also rolled out new wallpapers that “shift smoothly from light to dark” depending on the theme.
Along with the dark theme, ChromeOS 104 also brings a new Monthly Calendar view on the shelf that lets you view all your events for any day of the month and open the Google Calendar PWA. In addition, the update introduces a compact, redesigned app launcher that doesn’t take up the entire screen, a feature-rich Gallery app that can open PDF files, and a new Wallpapers & Styles app that lets you edit files from your Google Photos library. Allows use of photos. as your Chromebook wallpaper.
Lastly, the update slightly changes the way ChromeOS handles incoming notifications. It now groups notifications from the same sender and provides larger touch targets for alert actions.
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