With an upcoming update, Google’s Pixel phones will no longer have both light and dark versions of their startup screen, almost completely ditching the stark bright white version.
For years, Pixel phones always displayed a startup animation with a white background when turned on or rebooted. With Android 10, Google has brought Android’s new dark mode option to this startup screen, replacing the bold white with a bright black, but only when the phone is set to dark mode for rebooting.
As tipped to XDA Developers by LineageOS director luca020400, Google has introduced a new change to the Android Open Source Project that changes Pixel phones to use the white boot screen animation only once. More specifically, the white startup screen will only be used if the phone was never set up after purchase or factory reset. After that, your Pixel will always use the dark mode startup screen regardless of your dark mode toggle.
According to the message accompanying the code change, Google’s “UI team [decided] to always use dark boot after the device is provisioned.” The change is apparently being made so that if you schedule your phone to reboot late at night for an update, your Pixel will not shine a blindingly bright white light into your bedroom – or wherever you keep your phone at night.
Since the change to always use a dark boot screen is only now appearing in the Android code, we’ll still have to wait for a future monthly Pixel update before our phones give this particularly bright screen the boot. Now if only Google could give this treatment to Chrome OS’s incredibly bright restart screen.
Pixel phones set to ditch stark white startup screen in future update