From the very first Android Pie test builds for the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 9, Night mode was a feature that grabbed our attention. It’s an official dark theme from Samsung for those who currently have to turn to the Samsung Themes store for a solution, and it makes the already beautiful One UIlook even better. However, based on the Android Pie user manuals Samsung has published for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, it seems Night mode hasn’t been fully implemented just yet.
To be more precise, it’s the option to have Night mode be automatically enabled and disabled based on time and location (just like blue light filter) that’s missing. The leaked Pie builds and initial betas mentioned in Night mode settings that it can be enabled on a schedule, but we never actually saw the option in there at any point. And that’s the case on the final Galaxy S9 Android Pie update as well, which led us to believe that Samsung may have decided to opt out of offering a schedule option.
The schedule part is listed in the user manual, though, so either Samsung will make the addition in a future update or the Galaxy S9 update that has been released in some countries isn’t actually the final build. And, given how Samsung pushing out a major Android update so quickly is new territory for both the company and its consumers, we can’t say which of the two it may be. It may even be that the user manual will be amended to remove the schedule part, and all we can do is wait and watch what happens.