Jan 13 AT 3:53 PM Clark Wimberly 28 Comments

Two Minute Drill – Clock

Two Minute Drill – Clock on Vimeo.

TMD looks at the new stock Android Clock, a super handy application combining the time, weather, alarms, pictures, and music into one central, nightstand-friendly location.

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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  • http://Website Mike B

    Thanks Clark this is my most used feature of my nexus… good choice for the drill, id like to see a drill on the camera?

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

      Thanks. I wasn’t sure if there would be much use for filming the stock apps but I think its just good to get them documented somewhere so new users or users on older versions can see them in action.

      • http://Website Dutch

        i think its a good idea to post these vids. i am thinking about buying the nexus1 and i want to see what this phone can do b4 i shell out 500 bucks thank you

  • http://www.nicholaushaskins.com Nick

    Any idea on WHY it goes to a green clock screen saver, but then comes back and stays on after tapping the screen?

    This bugs the heck out of me every night I plug it in and make the app useless if all it does after 5 minutes is goes to a green floating tiny time an date screen saver thing.

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

      Hmm, haven’t seen this yet. Mine stays on the regular clock screen all night. I leave it dimmed and plugged into the wall. Do you have yours plugged in? Maybe its a power-saving feature?

      • http://www.nicholaushaskins.com Nick

        That is super strange!! Yes it’s plugged in, then I start the clock app and after 5 minutes it goes to what I’m describing. After I tap the screen once the clock app comes back, and doesn’t got to the screen saver again after that.

      • http://twitter.com/velazcod velazcod

        mmm.. for me it only happens on night mode

    • http://twitter.com/velazcod velazcod

      It’s actually a screen saver, according to Google, OLED display have screen burn-in issues, so they decided to put a screen saver in the clock app when night mode is active to avoid this problem.

      On the other hand, I haven’t found anything to back this up, but I’m still implementing a screen saver feature in Bedside 3.1 just in case.

      • http://www.nicholaushaskins.com Nick

        DUDE I totally bought and used your app up until I got the Nexus and found the clock app. I thought that’s what it was for but I couldn’t find anything on screen burn in ‘s with OLED screens.The only things I found is everyone saying, yes the chemical compound used on the screen COULD cause burn in, but as of now there is no proof. Interesting. What’s interesting is that if you have the live wallpapers then isn’t that enough?

        None the less, if your app had the weather like the clock app then that would be sweet!

        • http://twitter.com/velazcod velazcod

          I know, I haven’t found proof either, just some people saying theoretical stuff, so, I’m just going to do it, and leave it as an option for users, with a disclaimer.

          Also, what I’m trying to do with that new screen saver feature on Bedside is letting it use the microphone, the accelerometer, and the screen. So if its on the screen saver, a minimal sound, movement or touch will deactivate the screen saver, then it will go back to it after a few minutes.

          As for weather, I know, that’s one of the features that will come up on v3.1 as well, that was supposed to show up on 3.0 but it was buggy and I needed more time to finish it.

          P.S. Clark sorry for post-jacking, just wanted to bring out a point and all this came up ;)

          • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

            No such thing as post-jacking here. Any discussion is fair game!

  • iVisionX01

    For your future videos I think it would be better if you didn’t show stock apps and instead paid apps or really good free apps.e

    • http://organizedfellow.com OrganizedFellow

      I’m for showing off ANY apps worth mentioning.

      Android & Me caters to Android users of all experience levels. I admit, when I saw the ‘Clock’ app on my Nexus, I didn’t bother to try it, and I had it for a few days already.

      It was this post that got me to try it. Till then, I thought they had just left out the ‘Alarm Clock’ all together in 2.1.

      Well done Clark!

  • http://androidmom.blogspot.com/ Android Mom

    Thanks Clark, great explanation! I hadnt played with the clock at all yet, but will now. Mind if I embed your video on my blog? I have filmed a bunch of how tos on stock apps too, since Im new to Android myself (bye, bye iphone) its ALL new to me!

    Nick – I think the Green floating time is for when the phone is plugged into a soon to be released charging stand. I have one, and when I place the Nexus One in it, it automatically goes to the floating green time app. Dont know why its kicking in for you though without that!

    @androidmom

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

      Embed away, that’s what they are here for.

  • http://Website lessthanjoey

    Anyone know how to disable the soft-button backlights and/or the charging LED when the clock’s on? The screen looks super nice in the dark in the dimmed mode but the other bright lights are somewhat annoying.

    • http://twitter.com/velazcod velazcod

      No, but please vote for this issue to be fixed, go here http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=5853 thats the Android issue tracker.

      • http://Website lessthanjoey

        Done. Thanks for the pointer!

        • http://twitter.com/velazcod velazcod

          No problem, those soft buttons not turning off are VERY annoying, older devices don’t do this, the buttons just time out based on the screen timeout settings, this should be the same.

  • http://Website ezhangin

    They really need to add a timer to the clock app as well. Any way I can suggest this to Google?

  • http://Website Mark S

    Is there a similar app available in the Market for those of us still running Android 1.6?

    • http://Website Mark S

      Nevermind, I see above there is an app called Bedside sans the weather.

  • http://organizedfellow.com OrganizedFellow

    It would be most ideal of the Clock app would run when I plug the phone in at night – hello? Locale plug-in?

    (I mean – it would be great to have it default BACK to it after use when it’s charging)

  • http://Website skeltonmedia

    Keep up the good work, videos will keep me coming back. All the Android “blogs” keep recycling old news. I know the news, give me some more how-to and new app reviews.

  • http://www.sonyericsson.com/developer Albin Olofsson, Sony Ericsson

    Good video and good idea. All exposure of good apps is valuable to end users and good promotion for the developer developing the app, especially since there are so many apps out there and it is often difficult for developers to get the exposure they need to get downloads. Keep it up!

  • http://Website Justin

    What weather widget are you using on your homescreen??

  • http://Website Seth

    This looks a lot like the “home dock” screen on the Motorola Droid. It’s cool, but my main complaint is that buttons don’t seem to work with intents. That is to say the music button only will open the stock google music player. It won’t open let you open, say…, the Rhapsody app, which is also a music player.

  • http://yourlifeupdated.blogspot.com/ Riki

    Please can you publish the barcode? i can’t find it on the market..

  1. Mike BGuest 5 years ago

    Thanks Clark this is my most used feature of my nexus… good choice for the drill, id like to see a drill on the camera?

    • Thanks. I wasn’t sure if there would be much use for filming the stock apps but I think its just good to get them documented somewhere so new users or users on older versions can see them in action.

      • DutchGuest 5 years ago

        i think its a good idea to post these vids. i am thinking about buying the nexus1 and i want to see what this phone can do b4 i shell out 500 bucks thank you

  2. NickGuest 5 years ago

    Any idea on WHY it goes to a green clock screen saver, but then comes back and stays on after tapping the screen?

    This bugs the heck out of me every night I plug it in and make the app useless if all it does after 5 minutes is goes to a green floating tiny time an date screen saver thing.

    • Hmm, haven’t seen this yet. Mine stays on the regular clock screen all night. I leave it dimmed and plugged into the wall. Do you have yours plugged in? Maybe its a power-saving feature?

      • NickGuest 5 years ago

        That is super strange!! Yes it’s plugged in, then I start the clock app and after 5 minutes it goes to what I’m describing. After I tap the screen once the clock app comes back, and doesn’t got to the screen saver again after that.

      • mmm.. for me it only happens on night mode

    • It’s actually a screen saver, according to Google, OLED display have screen burn-in issues, so they decided to put a screen saver in the clock app when night mode is active to avoid this problem.

      On the other hand, I haven’t found anything to back this up, but I’m still implementing a screen saver feature in Bedside 3.1 just in case.

      • NickGuest 5 years ago

        DUDE I totally bought and used your app up until I got the Nexus and found the clock app. I thought that’s what it was for but I couldn’t find anything on screen burn in ‘s with OLED screens.The only things I found is everyone saying, yes the chemical compound used on the screen COULD cause burn in, but as of now there is no proof. Interesting. What’s interesting is that if you have the live wallpapers then isn’t that enough?

        None the less, if your app had the weather like the clock app then that would be sweet!

        • I know, I haven’t found proof either, just some people saying theoretical stuff, so, I’m just going to do it, and leave it as an option for users, with a disclaimer.

          Also, what I’m trying to do with that new screen saver feature on Bedside is letting it use the microphone, the accelerometer, and the screen. So if its on the screen saver, a minimal sound, movement or touch will deactivate the screen saver, then it will go back to it after a few minutes.

          As for weather, I know, that’s one of the features that will come up on v3.1 as well, that was supposed to show up on 3.0 but it was buggy and I needed more time to finish it.

          P.S. Clark sorry for post-jacking, just wanted to bring out a point and all this came up ;)

  3. iVisionX01Guest 5 years ago

    For your future videos I think it would be better if you didn’t show stock apps and instead paid apps or really good free apps.e

    • I’m for showing off ANY apps worth mentioning.

      Android & Me caters to Android users of all experience levels. I admit, when I saw the ‘Clock’ app on my Nexus, I didn’t bother to try it, and I had it for a few days already.

      It was this post that got me to try it. Till then, I thought they had just left out the ‘Alarm Clock’ all together in 2.1.

      Well done Clark!

  4. Android MomGuest 5 years ago

    Thanks Clark, great explanation! I hadnt played with the clock at all yet, but will now. Mind if I embed your video on my blog? I have filmed a bunch of how tos on stock apps too, since Im new to Android myself (bye, bye iphone) its ALL new to me!

    Nick – I think the Green floating time is for when the phone is plugged into a soon to be released charging stand. I have one, and when I place the Nexus One in it, it automatically goes to the floating green time app. Dont know why its kicking in for you though without that!

    @androidmom

  5. lessthanjoeyGuest 5 years ago

    Anyone know how to disable the soft-button backlights and/or the charging LED when the clock’s on? The screen looks super nice in the dark in the dimmed mode but the other bright lights are somewhat annoying.

  6. ezhanginGuest 5 years ago

    They really need to add a timer to the clock app as well. Any way I can suggest this to Google?

  7. Mark SGuest 5 years ago

    Is there a similar app available in the Market for those of us still running Android 1.6?

    • Mark SGuest 5 years ago

      Nevermind, I see above there is an app called Bedside sans the weather.

  8. It would be most ideal of the Clock app would run when I plug the phone in at night – hello? Locale plug-in?

    (I mean – it would be great to have it default BACK to it after use when it’s charging)

  9. skeltonmediaGuest 5 years ago

    Keep up the good work, videos will keep me coming back. All the Android “blogs” keep recycling old news. I know the news, give me some more how-to and new app reviews.

  10. Albin Olofsson, Sony EricssonGuest 5 years ago

    Good video and good idea. All exposure of good apps is valuable to end users and good promotion for the developer developing the app, especially since there are so many apps out there and it is often difficult for developers to get the exposure they need to get downloads. Keep it up!

  11. JustinGuest 5 years ago

    What weather widget are you using on your homescreen??

  12. SethGuest 5 years ago

    This looks a lot like the “home dock” screen on the Motorola Droid. It’s cool, but my main complaint is that buttons don’t seem to work with intents. That is to say the music button only will open the stock google music player. It won’t open let you open, say…, the Rhapsody app, which is also a music player.

  13. RikiGuest 5 years ago

    Please can you publish the barcode? i can’t find it on the market..