What you need to know
- Google Translate now supports dark mode.
- It works on iPhone and iPad.
- No, Gmail hasn't been updated. Or Sheets. Or Docs. Or....
Google has launched a stealth update to its Google Translate app for iPhone and iPad, adding support for dark mode as it goes. The new update is available as a free download from the App Store (opens in new tab).
There isn't a whole lot to tell you about here, other than the fact that everything is now decidedly less white than it was before. It isn't black, though. Google has instead gone for a very dark gray color which is easy on the eyes without making it look like you're using Dracula's phone.
The dark mode honors the iOS and iPadOS system settings, so you'll need to have system-wide dark mode enabled for it to work, unfortunately. The good news is that there's more to this update than just adding dark mode – you get a bug fix as well!
Unfortunately, Google hasn't seen fit to add dark mode to its other apps, including Gmail. Still, this is a start, right?
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
Google continue their tradition of supporting the latest OS features about a year or more later after they're introduced
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