Last Updated: November 8th, 2013

Android 4.4 is out, and that means developers and tinkerers have already started digging through the code and various APKs in hopes of porting as many updated apps as possible for use with existing devices. The first and easiest app to extract is, unsurprisingly, the clock, which also acts as an alarm, timer, and stopwatch. I've installed it on my Galaxy Nexus without any issues and only had to clear data to get rid of the pesky force close, which is completely undestandable.

As you can see, the updated clock pulls the alarms out of the clock Activity into its own tab, which means the tab count changed from three to four. In KitKat, Google got rid of the ugly bold, increased the font ever-so-slightly, and made a subtle tweak to the timer icon. The city selector now looks substantially different as well - in fact, this enlarged icon in the center shows up in three out of four tabs which definitely feels more polished and cohesive.

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Left: clock from Android 4.3; right: clock from Android 4.4

The Alarms screen has been revamped quite a bit as well. First of all, because the Alarms Activity is now part of the swipable tab UI, you can't swipe away alarms to remove them anymore - instead, a trashcan icon has been added.

My favorite change, however, is the new red-infused time picker which we've seen before in Google Now and Calendar. The old time picker was cumbersome and dated - in fact, I love using this time picker style so much, sometimes I just whip out my phone and start changing appointment times. Any time you can think of is reachable with at most 3 taps, and oftentimes with just one. Beautiful.

Here, take a look:

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Left: clock from Android 4.3; middle, right: clock from Android 4.4

The stopwatch contains almost no changes - the only notable ones I can think of are a slightly updated lap icon and the removal of letters M (minutes) and S (seconds). Of course, the bold font is gone from here too.

The timer UI similarly lacks the bold font and now has the H (hours), M (minutes), and S (seconds) bottom-aligned. Once you start the timer, you will see that the +1M icon was changed to +1', and the bottom menu bar uses that enlarged circle paradigm I mentioned earlier.

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That's about it as far as the changes go. If you want to try out this version of the clock, proceed below.

Update: Almost forgot - yes, this clock does fix the lockscreen widget font:

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Left: clock from Android 4.3; right: clock from Android 4.4

Update #2: Upcoming alarm notification you can dismiss before it starts buzzing!



The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

IMPORTANT: You may need to clear data for the Clock app after installation - otherwise it may force close on start. As always, back up in case something goes wrong. Android Police will not be responsible to any damage to your device.

File name: com.google.android.deskclock-3.0.0.apk (Android 4.2+).

Version: 3.0.0.

MD5: 76022f7bc4df886b4d3953fe025ac439.

Note: If you're running a custom ROM, such as CyanogenMod, chances are the above won't install for you. In that case, try installing this instead.

Thanks, Kieron Quinn!

Artem Russakovskii
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Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • that guy

    I saw something about redesigned Mail app on the KitKat page? Did this mean gmail or the actual asop mail app?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii


      • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

        Got a link?

      • epsiblivion

        will there be apk teardown for all major apps in the factory image?

      • Simon Belmont

        Good. I hope this means they finally have an option to empty the damned trash.

        Also, just being able to "select all" in any list in the email client would be huge. Hope to see this.

        • Rovindra Singh

          Nope still can't empty the trash, you have to select each item individually and then delete.

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah. I just saw the post about that. :(

            That is awful. It's just basic functionality. :'(

  • Kaemo

    Where are you getting these? I want that Phone.apk! Dx

    • Jdban

      From nexus 5 image

      • silver_arrow

        So it's the first of many then.

  • Tyler

    does this change the lockscreen clock appearance on devices below 4.4?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yes it does.

  • Cyberon

    Not installing on Stock Nexus 4.

    • RaphaelBarreiros

      Uninstall stock Clock with titanium Backup and install this one.

      • cubskru

        Not installing on my epic 4g running CM10.1 either. I tried clearing data before installing and uninstalling clock app before installing. Always force closes though.

  • Noah

    Not installing on moto x

    • Spittie

      same, can't install on my Nexus 7

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Confirmed. OK, I looked into why, and it's because this package's pname is com.android.deskclock, and yours is probably com.google.android.clock, so it's not installing as an update but rather as a separate app, and then failing because the same class has already been declared.

        The only way around this would be to freeze/uninstall the original clock, as far as I can tell, so you'll need root.

        • ampo

          That did the trick on my stock GNex. Thanks!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I guess they resigned the APK. If you're rooted, you can attempt to freeze the current clock with Titanium Backup and install this one.

  • Aquethys

    Installed on d2att

  • ather akber

    Would this work on samsung n3?

    • ather akber

      To answer my question; it does work, tested the alarm and the widget.. That new time picker IS amazing! Thank you AP

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Not installing on HTC One Google Play Edition

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      See the updated note. Unless someone manages to compile it or obtain elsewhere a version with a different package name (com.google.android.deskclock), your best bet will be to freeze the old clock.

  • Dave Molina

    would not install on my GSM GNex running stock 4.3 :(

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      See below.

  • Mathieu Poirier

    Not installing on Gnex 4.3 Aosp

    • Imparus

      NOTE: If you're getting an install prompt instead of the update one, chances
      are this APK will refuse to install. This happens because this package's
      pname is com.android.deskclock, and yours is probably
      com.google.android.clock, so it's not installing as an update but rather
      as a separate app, and then failing because the same provider name has
      already been declared. The only way around this would be to
      freeze/uninstall the stock clock, as far as I can tell, which requires

      • Hayden Andrew

        I tried this method on the S4, and it still force closes! :/

        • Guest


        • Imparus

          The note is for problem installing it, not fixing force close, for that I have no idea to deal with, since I don't have that problem on my GNex.

  • Alex Lam

    With Android 4.4, it makes the 4.2 update I got on my Sammy Tab 2 7.0 seem old

    • PainToad

      Your first mistake was buying a Samsung. Your second was not installing a custom rom.

      • Alex Lam

        I'm still waiting for Cyanogen Mods one root&flash tool to come out

        • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

          One root & flash isn't really saving you any trouble.... so just look up the guide its just easier that way

  • http://www.gundamaustralia.com/ cameron charles

    cant seem to stop the force close using aokp milestone 1 (so 4.2.2) on my galaxy nexus

  • Steve McCann

    Not working on my. TMO S4

  • akoli

    Installed on S3 fine just cleared the data to stop force closes (titanium backup just in case ) Any way to get the dual clocks/timezones to show on the lockscreen instead of just the clock app.

    • MrNinjaPanda

      remove the clock widget from lock screen and add it again, at least that's what worked for me.

      • akoli

        Thanks that seems to have done the trick... although the clock is cetnre aligned the second time zone is left aligned ... looks a bit wonky

  • Rushil Perera

    force closing on nexus 4.2.2, cleared data and still not working

  • Daniel Grabowski

    working flawlessly on my Moto X

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
  • maikal

    are we talking about removing "deskclock apk in order to instal in place of the stock? thats how mine is listed in the es file explorer!

  • maikal

    what i meant my stock is called "desclock apk" in es flie explorer!

  • Marco Pérez

    Didn't work on my HTC DNA running 4.2 Sense 5 Rom... :(

    • Marco Pérez

      It installed, but crashed endlessly when I tried to run the app

  • optiks

    Works on Galaxy S4 Exynos

  • WhyWai

    hmm... i actually like the bold hour digit... why people hate it?

    • Crispin Swickard

      Mostly since it looks terrible. One of the first things I did to customize 4.2 when it was introduced was look into getting rid of the bold time. Since it was still in the clock app I have had to be reminded daily that it was the default since I user timers. Dashclock only solved so much...

      • cnccnc

        Yeah, agreed. I got rid of the bold hour as well. Unnecessary and distracting.

    • Cerberus_tm

      I agree, I like it too: it is actually functional. It lets you see what's most important from the corner of an eye, the hour. Let's hope someone will make an Xposed module to reënable the bold hours.

    • Andy Stetson

      I like it, i actually enabled it in Chronus for my lockscreen.

  • didibus

    Preferred the old way of entering time. This new way is more pretty given its skeuomorphic nature, but I find myself slower at entering time with it.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Really? I find it easier and faster. I think it's actually more functional and not just pretty. One of my favorite UI patterns that the Android team produced so far.

      • didibus

        I guess I'll need to use it a bit more, I'm just bad at reading clocks, so I'm bad at entering time based on one lol

      • tym0

        I like how it looks and in the calendar it's more functional than the old way, but don't tell me it's faster to use this than typing 4 number in a dialpad like the old alarm app.

  • Guy

    I like the bold. I'll pass on the iPhone look. Thanks though :)

  • frafri

    Did not work on the Galaxy S4 - Sprint :/

    too bad. thanks though !

  • Eduardo

    Did not work on GS3 cyanogenmod 10.1.3 tried installing and deleting data, force closed; tried uninstalling the old one before installing, force closed.
    Thanks for the hangouts apk though! !

    • kenjikenken

      yep. confirmed force closing on cm 10.1, had to revert to the stock clock

  • Billy Royle

    did not work on Note 2 rogers parse error

  • NF

    Gasp! The new images are on the right side this time.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah yeah, you guys talked me into it :P

      • NF

        Aw, that's a shame. I was finally getting used to it.

  • Ron

    Anyone else got the "There's a problem parsing the package" message? And in ES File Explorer, there isn't an icon got this apk like there is for others I've downloaded.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Make sure you're using 4.2+.

      • akshay7394

        I've got 4.2.2 but after installing it just force closes when I try to open it. :/

      • James Peers

        Isn't there any available option for Android 4.1? :-(

  • Christian Tolentino

    Lookout says this is a malware threat.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Try now. I've updated the file, and it should now work properly on stock devices and won't trip the malware detector. The previous file is also safe, but it's signed by a Google testkey which is used to sign many custom ROMs and should therefore install on something like CyanogenMod without issues (whereas Google's own file won't).

  • Sabin Bajracharya

    Uninstalled Stock Clock app, then installed this apk and it works! :) Thank you AndroidPolice!

  • Katsu

    Can't Install it on my Galaxy Nexus...I run the installer but it said the app can't be installed. New hangout app works fine.

  • someone755

    Am I the only one that wonders, why the heck don't they use that color scheme everywhere, all around the system? (red, black, white)

    • Jordan Pt

      I like blue, but I agree that some kind of theming system would be great, even if you can only tweak a few colors.

  • steelew

    are there any widgets associated with this apk? I use the TW alarm widget on my GS4 and I would like to see if this one has a better one.

  • http://williamjudd.com/ William Judd

    Didn't work on the Galaxy S4 i9500 (Octa), even after freezing the default clock app

  • DarKillusion

    It worked although I had to use titanium backup to uninstall the previous clock app.

  • Jurk

    HTC One (verizon) fail.

  • Jack Thant

    Uninstalled the old clock app (using Titanium backup) and installed but keeps saying "Unfortunately, Clock has stopped".

  • http://rxsiu.wordpress.com/ rxsiu

    I'm an idiot and didn't tibackup the 2.0.3 desk clock, and the new one isn't working on my S3 AOKP. Can someone upload the 2.0.3 apk for me? I can't seem to find it online.

    • http://codeM0nK3Y.com/ Dave Shoreman

      I managed to simply uninstall the update via Settings > Apps > Clock. After a confirmation message it reverted to the factory version without issue, and my Clock app now starts again.

      • http://rxsiu.wordpress.com/ rxsiu

        Thanks, worked like a charm.

    • TimTheK

      I'm stuck with no working clock app. I backed up 2.0.3 with Titanium, installed 3.0. The new clock crashes. Uninstalled, restored the old clock and now that crashes. I've tried everything from reboots, to clearing dalvik cache, but nothing works.

      If anyone can post an apk for the 2.0.3 clock I would appreciate it.

  • http://abhimanyughoshal.com/ Abhimanyu Ghoshal

    Shucks, this doesn't work on my HTC One X (International Tegra edition, 4.2.2).

  • Busko

    Has anyone tried installing this on 4.1.2?

    • cnccnc

      With 4.1.2 you're likely to get the problem he described at bottom. Same thing happened with the Android 4.3 clock. Developers will likely recompile and rename this and put it on the market.

      • Kirk Arnold

        Installed it on my Verizon GS3 no rooted ..all installed except clock :(.. looks great

  • Cory Wilson

    Installs fine on my nexus 7, not on my 4. Don't get it

  • Jared

    Does this work with Android 4.2.2 on CyanogenMod 10.1?

  • Husam Ali

    does this require root? i mean i want to install the google launcher with all its feautres on my galaxy s3 gt19300 (international) so do any of these .apks require root?

  • mr_yo

    i also prefer the bold hour font - never thought about it is beeing a bug or mistake... it really looked kinda stylish to me... why changing it without leaving an option to chose 4.3 style clock or plain 4.4?

  • Jacek

    Here you can download version working with Android 4.0+.

    • James Peers

      Just what I was looking for. On a first moment it's working. Let's hope it stays like that. :)

  • zumek

    Does anyone else have trouble adding a city that's not in the list? When I click 'OK' to add, dialog disappears, but doesn't get added. Trying to add Colombo (Sri lanka), doesn't the folk at google know about this country? Can easily find it on google maps!

  • Preben Nielsen

    I f*cking hate this app. Everything is too big and clunky. I'm used to the HTC Sense 6 one. There I can easily 9-10 alarms and see which ones are active and on which days.

    With this Android 4.4 app I can see a max of 4 calender entries without having to scrool. Even worse ... when I select an alarm for editing it simply expands in the list so I have to scroll again to see all of it. I HTCs app the selected alarm opens fullscreen as most would expect.

    Google, stop fucking interfaces up just to make something that is different from last version. You apps often do not have a clear state that you know how to enter and how to return from !