POCO Launcher has been updated to version 22.214.171.124, and that version actually brings some interesting changes to the application. Before we get started, it is worth noting that this launcher comes pre-installed on the company’s POCO F1 (aka Pocophone F1) smartphone, but it is available to pretty much everyone via the Google Play Store, as long as your phone is running Android 5.0+.
The most notable change that this version of the POCO Launcher brings is the dark mode, and we’re looking at an OLED-friendly, pitch black dark mode. All you have to do to activate POCO Launcher’s dark mode is long-press on an empty space, on your home screen, and then hit “Settings”. Once you do that, select the “More” options, and then “Backgrounds”. In that menu, you should be able to see “Light” and “Dark” settings, select the “Dark” setting, and that’s it, your POCO Launcher will get a pitch black background.
Do take note that the “App drawer background transparency” needs to be set at 0-percent in order to take advantage of the pure black dark mode and save battery on OLED devices. You can, of course, increase transparency if you prefer it that way, but the background will not be pure black in that case.
Dark mode is not the only addition to this app, though. Xiaomi has also added an option to add customs apps to App vault shortcuts. Double tapping the screen to lock the device works on all compatible models now as well, while icons are now “crisper and prettier”, says the company. On top of these new features, Xiaomi has also introduced some fixes with this update. Bugs that slowed down the UI have been fixed, the company claims, same goes for the bug that didn’t play well with icon packs that come with white backgrounds. Some other “minor bugs” have been fixed as well.
POCO Launcher is a very light, and responsive launcher, and as already mentioned, it is not limited to the POCO F1. In fact, the POCO F1 does not even have some features that have been introduced with this update, so you can get your hands on them before the POCO F1 users get them.
Dark mode is definitely the main attraction of this update, as it has been in high demand for a while now. Google popularized dark mode in a way, by starting to update its application with such an option, but dark mode has been a thing on Android for years. Many launchers support dark mode, either via a direct option, or by allowing users to tweak backgrounds any way they please, like Nova Launcher, for example.
This POCO Launcher update comes after Xiaomi announced that a ton of its smartphones will be getting a system-wide dark mode via an update. It is worth noting that Xiaomi’s devices, save for the POCO F1, do not come with the POCO Launcher pre-installed, though, MIUI OS’ launcher is pre-installed on those devices, even though that launches is somewhat similar to the POCO Launcher, and you can replace it with POCO Launcher if you want. Those of you who are interested in trying out POCO Launcher or updating it, you can do that via the link down below.