A recent code change request suggests that we will soon see dark mode on Chromebooks. We are yet to see an experimental flag to enable this feature though.
Update – 16-OCT-2020: Google has added the experimental flag to enable dark mode to the source code. We should see this flag and an early version of Chrome OS dark mode in the next Canary channel update.
“Dark/light mode of system UI: Enables the dark/light mode of system UI, which includes shelf, launcher, system tray, etc.”
Update – 25-SEP-2020: Google has added dark mode icons for the Keyboard Shortcuts app, Wallpaper app, and the Settings app.
Dark Mode – Code Change
The recent code change request that we spotted talks about adding the dark mode toggle to the ash system tray (the widget that pops up when you click time)
“Add dark mode feature pod: This CL adds skeleton code for the dark mode feature pod.”
When you look within the code comments, you can see the strings added for dark mode:
It will take a few more weeks for us to see this feature in action. As usual, Chrome Story will be looking at upcoming updates to the Chrome OS Canary channel updates to being you the latest news on this front.