I see many apps today uses shades of white extensively in their design. Even action bar color is shade of white which was used to be dark color earlier in android. This seems to be a trend.

As I read in this post, it seems it is better to have dark letters on light backgrounds, but post seems old, including mentioned resources.

May be this is because introduction of dark theme in Android 10, in order to show clear contrast between dark theme and light one, designers making the light theme more lighter by even making the action bar light.

I am on the way to design a theme for an android app which supports dark theme. I already use shade of white in my design except action bar and some other few places, Is it better to set action bar color to a shade of white?

(I am asking this in the context material design in android apps)

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    Usually, for short things like headlines or labels it doesn't really matter if it's dark on white or vice versa. But for longer text elements dark letters on white are better for the eye, as white on dark requires extra visual processing an strains the eyes. So for an action bar it really is up to you, visually. Currently don't have the sources to back this claim up, so only adding this as a comment. – Big_Chair Sep 10 at 9:22
  • @Big_Chair thanks for the comment, so although dark mode good in terms of battery serving but bad for the eye. – user158 Sep 10 at 11:20
  • Any reason to not just follow the app setting (or global setting, where available)? E.g., if the user has selected Dark theme, use a dark navbar; if the user has selected Light theme, use a light navbar? – sintax Sep 11 at 19:53

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