It's the small things: Android O to score an animated clock icon

It's the small things: Android O to score an animated clock icon
Ever heard of Chris Lacy? If you've ever used popular Android launcher Action Launcher, then you likely know that Chris Lacy is the sole developer of the app and is doing an excellent job at keeping its creation up-to-date with the latest software developments of Android. But Action Launcher is not what we're going to talk about today.

See, Chris Lacy has recently uncovered an interesting albeit minor feature that could be officially rolling along with Android O, and that one is an... animated clock icon that'd dynamically change as time passes by, just like in iOS. The animated clock will reportedly make an official debut in the Google Clock app in the Pixel launcher once Android O goes official. 

However, the code and the support for this feature is already present in the Android O Beta, allowing any willing developers to implement this feature in their Android launchers, and that's exactly what Chris Lacy has already done in its Action Launcher, The animation is present on the homescreen and in the app drawer as well. We suppose that the official animated clock won't be that much different than the one Chris Lacy has already thrown inside Action Launcher. 

You can check out what Android O's animated clock might look like right below.

source: TheBlerg



1. Fonetastic

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Had this since iOS 9, didn't matter before, doesn't matter now, I never use the icon to tell the time.

2. ahmadkun

Posts: 566; Member since: May 02, 2016

My popcorn is ready , ios and android you can begin the war

3. ahmadkun

Posts: 566; Member since: May 02, 2016

*ios and android lovers

4. Ray.S

Posts: 456; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Let's hope it doesn't work like in Samsung phones.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Works the same way though. How different you think its gonna be. Its alive clock. All it can do is show the time.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Does anyone ever actually look at this for the time? Who would need too when you have a big ass clock on the lock screen and the home screen? Samsung phones have had this for a while. I've never looked at it for the time. Seems pointless and adds yet another useless and pointless service for android to update continously.

6. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

Techie, please quit whining. I know Apple and Samsung have had this before Google, but it's nice that google is adding such details, even if they're not useful.

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How is it nice? Its pointless because you have a big clock on the lock screen. You never even have to go into the UI to see the time. Then on the home screen you have a clock in the top corner of both. Do you need 3 running clocks? Not whining. Its pointless useless garbage. I'm entitled to my opinion as you are yours. You like it? Good for you. I think its pointless. I don't care who had it first last or whatever. I dont even see the point of telling who had it before. I know who had it and its still pointless. In my case, I have my apps sorted by first letters. So I don't even get to the clock icon for 3 screen in my app drawer. Why would I scroll 3 screens qhen I can look at the lockscreen for the time? Same goes for weather. Plus I wear a watch. But even if I didn't, its still pointless.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I will agree with you that it's kind of pointless for most people, but I love the little details that they're adding to Android. Right now I'm running the O beta and I just discovered that the new OS now loads in less than half the time that Nougat takes to boot. That is remarkable, and the fact that they're taking the time to add little details just goes to show how much effort they're putting into improving all aspects of the OS, regardless of how much of an overall impact it will have on the end user. Besides, it's the details that define a masterpiece, and I'm not about to criticize a company for making the effort.

9. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

When I'm resetting my watch, I look at my iPhone for the exact most pin point accurate time. Given my career, I can't afford my entry recordings to be off 30+ seconds. Heck, even 15+ seconds.

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

If time was that important to you, you would have bought a watch that syncs with the atomic clock.

11. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

I already have an iPhone with this feature. I don't need to be down to the millisecond and syncing this way works great for me. Thank you though. I am explaining to this interesting user that just because he has no use for it and calls it a "pointless" feature, does not mean it is pointless for everyone. My reason was a topic of education, not a debate. G'day.

13. droidnator

Posts: 93; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

MIUI has had this for at least one year now. Stock Android is lagging behind... its modified self.

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