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Sep
2012-09-14_13h44_04

Part of the fun of custom ROMs is seeing how devoted developers improve upon the stock Android experience. Yesterday, we saw a fantastic example in the graphing calculator that's been released to the Play Store and will soon be integrated into CM10. Now, the team is bringing a new improvement to the stock clock app: stopwatch and timer features.

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Screenshots taken during development. Actual features may appear different (in fact, almost certainly in the case of the left shot).

The stopwatch and timer features have already been merged. They may not be rolled out to the nightlies just yet, as we tried out the most recent build and were unable to find them. Still, they should be included from now on. Whether the new clock app shows up in the next nightly, or the next M-Series, it's a nice addition.

Source: Google+

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • moelsen8

    can't wait for the next m-series release. m1 is the best experience i've had on my gnex yet!

    • kervation

      I would agree!

  • http://www.nonsensebb.com/ Dextro

    They should upstream this. It's ridiculous that Android doesn't have this feature builtin.

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      Agreed

  • Bala

    yet they dont add a simple file manager

    • fixxmyhead

      haha i know huh.

    • http://cyanogenmod.com/ ciwrl

      See line #2 http://goo.gl/HNMJ4

      • Bala

        ill be one among the happiest person if the work gets completed :) glad they are working on it atleast now

  • Mikey_H

    Go into the clock app, swipe right. It's in the 20120914-nightly for the i9100

    • Alroger Jr

      Yay, it was on my build from last night and I didn't even know it. One less app to install.

      • Mikey_H

        same for me, finally got rid of timers4me that was functional but ugly o/

  • Kokusho

    the real question here is: Why the fuck isn't there a stopwatch a timer and all those ultra basic stuff that even me could code (and i'm not a programer) in the stock clock application ?

    Thats, like, one of the most usefull thing on a smartphone. It's there on iOS since day one , on HTC sense too but Google don't seems to care about something that would make regular human being super happy with stock Android.

    • Brady Rainey

      This. I've only had HTC phones so when I first used an AOSP ROM I was super disappointed to find there isn't anything other than an alarm built into the clock.

    • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

      Ask Google :') Yeah, I think Android should have the Featurephone featureset, and then apps build off that

    • ari_free

      I'm happy downloading apps. For example, I have an alarm that doesn't go off on weekends. I don't need to root and flash a rom just to do that.

      • Todd

        Not sure why you referenced downloading apps, then gave an example of the stock behavior of the alarm clock.

    • Itchy_Robot

      I hear ya. That used to drive me crazy with my rooted ICS Incredible. Luckily Samsung added it to the S3.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      I can't agree more, especially when all the other companies do it too. But then again it goes back to the AP post about Google's Video Editor. I left a comment there and it seems that Google do have a problem with these apps.

      I hope that we get more of this on CyanogenMod, we already have this on the Clock app (though I would also like a World Clock function similar to iOS) and a tricked out Calculator app both of which add to the stock Google experience.

      What I want is the whole iOS (and indeed other smartphone OS) collection on there. I would love to see a Memo app/To-Do List which I note stuff down on (ColorNote is okay, but it looks old as hell), Stocks so I can see how businesses are doing (from Yahoo finance) and a nice weather app with a five day forecast.

      They are not hard to code and add to the stock Google experience!

      Good work to the guys who have made these so far and I hope we can see more! Also I want to hear word from OpenDesign as they have been promising this kind of stuff too (including LogCat in a widget).

  • Douglas Hill

    How come when custom ROM developers add functionality to AOSP everyone thinks it is brilliant and a huge addition however when phone manufacturers do the same exact thing, the complaining never stops? #doublestandard

    • moelsen8

      i tend to agree with you, but you know if motorola or samsung added it, it'd be all sorts of flashy and cartoony and probably force close a few times while running. they don't know how to keep things simple and elegant.

      • NuLLnVoiD

        My Motorola Droid Bionic has at Stopwatch/Timer built into the clock app and it's just a bluish version of the typical ICS AOSP app. I'm using an ICS leak but it's still the Motorola verision, not one from a developer. The Moto-Blur (or whatever they want to call it now) version of ICS is actually one of the least irritating manufacturer overlays I've see. It's subtle and they have some really nice add on apps. Unfortunately, they added even more bloatware to go with it. **Sigh**

        • moelsen8

          they have come a very long way, and gun to my head, i'd have to say "blur" is my favorite skin. but that's also what it would take for me to run anything other than stock android ever again.

    • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

      Generally manufacturers don't do it well, with CyanogenMod people can make it more efficient and generally better. They also don't rip out features by trying to add some

    • Brady Rainey

      I think it's because when custom ROM developers add, they try to stick with the AOSP design, while OEMs smear their branding over everything.

      • Brian Knapp

        Exactly!

    • ari_free

      Because we are in control. We get to pick the rom we want. And when we complain they respond

  • inzandity

    Its nice to see CM really getting their hands dirty again. There was a time when all I used to run was CM. Nice to see ingenuity again

  • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

    i wish they would spend more time on useful stuff... stopwatch and timer? there are like 500 of those apps in the market already. why waste the time?

  • http://twitter.com/royalmagician Anon

    But what about a notepad? Why isn't there one standard in Android, still?