Gmail announced adding dark mode to their iOS apps last month. At that time they said they would "roll it out to users" (whatever that means).
In the last couple of days using version 6.0.191023 I've opened the app on my iPad to find, voila, it had dark mode. Which was weird since the app in the App Store was updated a few days ago with no mention of the option.
The same version number on the iPhone still didn't have the option (Gmail Settings/Theme). Weird.
Then I noticed after a while re-opening the app on the iPad (thanks iOS 13 for always quitting apps) I found dark mode gone along with the option in Settings. Then voila, it appeared on the iPhone, then disappeared after a while.
So what does this mean? Do app developers have the option to update or un-update apps whenever they want? Even without going through the app store or notifying users? Sort of scary if they could add or subtract things without a user knowing. Maybe more privacy related things?
Has this happened with anyone else and Gmail?
(Funny how I even care at all about the Gmail app only because the Apple Mail app is now so janky)
It's pathetic how they teased it weeks ago and still hasnt rolled out. This is Google with all the money they have and they cannot get dark mode rolled out right in ONE app (let alone the rest)?
I cant see why anyone would use the Gmail app unless you are totally embedded into only Google services. Hell they dont even let you attach a file from the Files app or any other cloud service but their own.
And Apple is the only alleged anti-competitive one
Even though I know it's not really tied to an app update, seeing a Gmail app update today I was reminded to check out my settings...and unfortunately I still don't see an option for dark mode either.
Rollouts can certainly take some time, especially with a lager user base, but it's kind of disappointing how long one like this one is taking, especially given the original messaging from Google a few months ago that it would basically be a matter of a few weeks.