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Is there a way to make native Gmail black instead of white?

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by Jer, Aug 15, 2010.

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    Not a fan of the brightness that an all white screen gives off, especially in the dark. Is there a theme or something that reverses color or makes the background black/dark?
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    Anyone? Ideas?
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    Use K9...set it to dark theme
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    What your talking about would be cool. I would prefer it that way, but I have not heard of a way to do it.

    If you are running CM6, there is a widget you can put on your home screen called renderFX. It will shift the screen color to red, which is great for night since it does not put off as much light, and doesn't mess with your night vision as much.
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    Pass. There has to be a better way.
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    Nah, I was running CM but have been on BB v0.4 for quite some time now (since it came out actually) and haven't messed with ROMs in a bit. I may switch back to CM but probably not real soon.
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    I think there's some darker themed gmail apks around, but I don't have the links to them. K9 is a much better, much more customizable, email client and its what I've been using since late November 2009.
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    K9 has too many issues so I'm trying to avoid decreasing stability to change color. Not worth it that much to me.
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    Hm, I don't know what version of K9 you're using. The gmail app is buggier for me. I haven't seen any K9 bugs. What bugs are you talking about? I do use both actually. You can too since gmail uses IMAP.
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    3.0 just hit Market a few days ago. Never had any issues with K9, aside from the Attachment bug, which had a work around months ago.
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    I tried it in Nov when I got my phone but I had some issues. I don't recall what they were but they were bad enough for me to give up and never try it again. Been using the installed Gmail app ever since and I haven't had a single issue other than I wish it wasn't white. Not sure what you mean by Gmail being buggy because it's been flawless for me.
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    I'm not saying that I wouldn't try it again as it's been quite a while and I'm sure they've sorted out their issues but email is quite important to me and is something I'm not going to trust with a 3rd party unless there's very good reason to do so. Different color probably doesn't fit that bill especially if there's known bugs that require work arounds and what not. Not sure I want to invest too much time into a 3rd party app knowing it has issues that require work arounds before even installing.
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    +1 want my blackbackground back.
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    Talk to "thebowers",in this forum, he did the same thing for the google voice app.(black background with white text ) he's a good dude, sure he would give it a try.
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    Now you're saying K9 needs workarounds but you haven't tried it since November. K9 was in beta in 2009 as you can see from their download page: Downloads - k9mail - Project Hosting on Google Code

    The gmail app has caused me more problems. It has stopped polling on more than one occasion, requiring a data clear. The Droid X seems to have new problems where the client force closes. K9 has caused me no problems and K9 has more features than the gmail app...like being able to choose your From address and set up notifications per account.

    I think the K9 devs work for google. Their google code site says they plan on rolling their work into the stock client. I think it's their "20% project".

    Anyway, do what you like.
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    Please read before lashing out. I'm not the one who said there were issues requiring work arounds. I even admitted that this was early on and I'm sure they've long since sorted the issues that I was having since it's been so long. Some people just want to fight. Eesh.

    I've never had my Gmail app stop poling and I would notice because I get hundreds, yes hundreds of emails per day. I carry two spare batteries charged because this is such a load on battery. I don't have a Droid X (yet) so I can't speak to that but my buddy & his wife have had them since release and haven't said anything about stock Gmail issues. I'm not saying I'm 100% against it at this point in the game as I've already stated... just that email is important to me and functionality (which I currently have) is paramount to me and not worth jeopardizing for a color change. Someone is already talking about known issues with K9 and work arounds and I'm not interested in ANY email app that has this. I'm still not a real big fan of giving my email log in and password to a 3rd party either. Some are more trusting than others but I am pretty picky when it comes to email passwords.
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    Quick question, and slightly OT, but if I IMAP gmail through K-9 it'll still be instant notifications right? No delays or anything? And I can just turn off notifications from Gmail app so i won't get double notified? Also, if someone could make a black Gmail that would be ideal, because like Jer I haven't had any issues with Gmail app, but I use K-9 as well.
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    I'm not lashing out. Here's what I've read from you:

    Hmmmm...

    Did someone hack your droidforums account?

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    Yes to all.
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    Post #11 genius. Apparently they don't teach reading comprehension or basic math these days in school but last I checked Post #11 comes before post #13 which is what you quoted. It's obvious to anyone with basic reading comprehension that in post #13 I was referring to what post #11 stated. Stop trying to instigate some worthless internet fight. It's really not conducive to the optic at hand.
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