There’s nothing more iconic in the Android operating system than the clock widget. From HTC’s distinctive digital clock to the stock ICS/Jelly Bean analog clock, a good clock widget is essential to quintessential Android.
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite clock widgets, and provided links below as well.
My favorite. It’s stylish, coming in both white and “Android blue” (a label I almost wish Samsun would use in place of “Pebble Blue“). It displays battery percentage and has a novel approach to hour/minute. Everything is resizable, plus it’s free: plus plus, indeed.
A nice, big clock that comes in a variety of colors and which links directly to the Clock app. I prefer blue/black, but the red one also goes well with the fantastic SMPL Red icon pack from Creativity.
A very functionalist clock widget: rectangular, with time and a variety of widgets. It works much like a clock-ified version of Battery Widget Reborn, showing you toggles for Bluetooth, wifi, cell data, etc.
Because who doesn’t want a clock that looks like the Android mascot? It doesn’t provide any functionality (not even clicking thru to the stock Clock, sadly) but I enjoy pairing the blue one with the SMPL Blue icon theme.
Beautiful Widgets Pro is a nice paid widget pack that lets you add widgets of all sizes to your homescreens. It has clock and clock+weather widgets, and it even has its own theme store that has themes and skins for customizing your widgets.
UCCW is the Ultimate Custom Clock Widget, but it also allows for widgets of all kinds. You’ll need to install UCCW and then pick from one of its many compatible 1st and 3rd-party skins to get the exact look you want (or create your own). Just search for UCCW in Google Play and it will return 1000s of compatible skins.
Note: on Android KitKat (4.4.x), be sure to go to Settings -> Security -> Enable Widgets to make DashClock usable!
Dashclock Widget is almost a staple on Android 4.2.x devices. It’s a free, fun, and highly customizable lockscreen widget. Here’s how to use it.
1. Download the free Dashclock Widget app from Google Play.
2. Add Dashclock Widget as a lockscreen widget. You can do this by swiping all the way to the left on your lockscreen and tapping the large “+” sign. Select “Dashclock Widget” and then position it as you like. You can use it to replace your default digital clock widget if you so choose.
3. Begin customizing. Dashclock comes with extensions for Gmail, Calendar, and other apps out of the box, so you can enable/disable individual ones, and reorder/reposition them, too.
4. Shop for more extensions and compatible apps. I’ve written a quick guide to extensions here. There are a lot of 3rd-party apps that support Dashclock Widget, including Falcon Pro, Eye in Sky, Press, and PushBullet. There are also some handy standalone extensions (non-apps, so to say) like Dashclock Word of the Day and inQuotes Extension. And, above all, consider AnyDash Pro, which lets you add notifications from any app to Dashclock Widget – I’ve found this handy for Snapchat and the stock Email client in particular.
-The ScreenGrab Team