Everything on Android can be customized, including the way you want to see the current time and date on your screen. The quantity of clock widgets in the Google Play Store is massive, so outfitting yourself with a new one is something you can do every hour or so, if you wish. Even if you have very specific tastes, chances are you'll find something that rocks your boat. And if your tastes are that specific, why not build your own widget and make it your contribution to the sea of choice?
Before you head off to the Play Store for another clock widget hunt, drop by in the slide-show where we rounded up ten widget-y timekeepers that we thought will look really cool on your home-screen. The Android horologists seem to be mostly about minimalism these days, but among the many widgets built with clean, straight lines you'll also find some original takes on bringing an analog watch-face on a smartphone screen.
10 of the best Android clock widgets around
10 of the best Android clock widgets around
When it comes to Android clock widgets, minimalistic is where it's at. And this one is one of the most customizable of the kind. Not only it supports custom fonts, it can be configured to display time, date, battery and weather information. An in-built layout editor ensures that you'll spend almost as much time on customizing this widget as you spent on pimping your entire phone.
The good ol' Jelly Bean clock widget looks just as good on a KitKat device as it did on Android 4.1 phones and tablets when they were brand new. Constructed out of six lines - no less, no more - this widget is the literal meaning of minimalism in clocks. Still, color and shape settings are available in its options menu, along with the ability to display data. So this widget doesn't always have to be as simple as it looks.
This digi-clock lets you choose between 26 fonts, has custom colors, transparency, rotation, scale, shadow effects, weather information, and a nice splash of premium functionality if you're willing to pay. You'll get 12 additional fonts, a layout editor, battery level information, and ad removal. Pretty good!
This unassuming lock-screen widget comes bundled with 'extensions' that give you instant access to current local weather, missed calls and unread texts, upcoming calendar appointments, and scheduled alarms. It's an open-source project as well, so if you have any better ideas and know code-fu, implement, test, and debug them yourself.
D-Clock is a simple digital clock widget with big, bold letters and a nice-looking reflection underneath. There's nothing more to it, but we argue it doesn't need any more. Sometimes the simplest things are the best.
Chronus is an elegant all-in-one widget for your Home & Lock screen. It includes a Clock, a Weather showing, News feed, and a Calendar widget, which also happens to support DashClock extensions. You might know this widget's look from CyanogenMod's cLock, because both were brought by the same developers. This is certainly one of the most fully-featured widgets on Android at the moment, and one you shouldn't miss if you aren't looking for minimalism.
This widget presents the current time, date, and day of the week in stylish, nice-looking form. There's a hollow see-through effect to make the widget really gel with your wallpaper of choice. And if black seems too grim for your liking, try setting different background and text colors if you want. Just so you know, this widget requires the UCCW app from Google Play to run. No biggie, as UCCW doesn't need root or other possibly risky procedures.
What did Xiaomi say yesterday... "one more thing"? Uh-uh. This app offers more than 70 dynamic clock widgets for Android home-screens. If you can't find at least a few to your liking among them, you must be a lost cause. Happily, this app is free and has no ads. It also happens to be quite popular!
With all these digital clocks on display, one could have thought there are no analog clock widgets to speak of. But there's one that has two fully animated watch-faces, down to its gears and coils, along with 54 clock faces with an animated second hand. If you want a mini Moto 360 on your home-screen, this widget might be your best bet.
Speaking of analog widgets, here's one that does a good job at imitating various vintage clocks. It offers recreations of famous timepieces such as The Big Ben (London), the Puerta del Sol (Madrid) or Kremlin (Moscow). The watch gets updated regularly, even receiving the occasional new timepiece from time to time. That's pretty good for a free app!