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WhatsApp Dark Mode Arrives, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite Launched in India, and More Tech News This Week

WhatsApp Dark Mode Arrives, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite Launched in India, and More Tech News This Week

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by February 3, 2020 Tech Updates
WhatsApp Dark Mode Arrives, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite Launched in India, and More Tech News This Week

WhatsApp finally has a dark theme, but for now, it’s only available on the Android beta

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Galaxy S10 Lite will go on sale next month
  • The Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 are anticipated to launch in India soon
  • BSNL this week revised two of its long term plans

The week past had its fair share of personal technology headlines, from WhatsApp finally gaining a dark mode (albeit in beta) to Samsung launching two of its ‘affordable’ premium smartphones in the country – the Galaxy Note 10 Lite and Galaxy S10 Lite. The Oppo F15 – a mid-ranger from the Chinese smartphone company – went on sale in India this week, while Qualcomm used India as the setting for the launch of its new budget and mid-range smartphone processors. Xiaomi and HMD Global’s Nokia brand also made headlines this week when the two companies cut prices of popular smartphones in their lineup, namely the Mi A3, Redmi K20 Pro, Redmi Go, Nokia 7.2, and Nokia 6.2. Read on for all the top tech news of the week past.

WhatsApp dark mode finally available

Facebook-owned WhatsApp this week launched its ‘dark’ theme, the much-awaited new feature. In a world where most apps now offer a dark mode, WhatsApp was one of the holdouts, despite being used by more than a billion people globally. Apart from being easier on the eyes in low-light environments, a dark mode would also be useful in extending battery life of your device if it features an OLED display panel.

In a beta build for Android, the company has introduced the dark theme within settings. To use the feature, you will need to install the Android beta via the Google Play Beta testing programme. If you’re unable to register for the programme, another method is sideloading the latest beta via APK Mirror. The feature was first spotted this week in v2.20.13, but dark mode can be observed in later beta builds as well – such as v2.20.16.

We can expect WhatsApp dark mode to make its way to the stable Android app soon, apart from the iPhone app soon, and WhatsApp for Web. To use the feature in the previously mentioned Android beta builds, you’ll need to visit Settings > Chats > Display > Theme. Here, you will find three options – System Default, Light, and Dark.

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