Google’s Clock app is probably not one that has you rushing off to check for updates regularly. But this time you may want to reconsider that stance.
Version 6.4 has a few helpful updates, especially if you’re thinking of grabbing a Pixel or using a device scheduled to get Android 7.1. App shortcuts are now supported, which means for those phones running the newest build of Nougat (first the Pixels and then Nexus phones in a developer preview) you’ll be able to jump right into a specific action. The following screenshot from Android Police offers a sneak peek:
With app shortcuts you can launch a specific action from the home screen.
Additionally, should you need to reboot your phone, the Clock app won’t miss a beat with the timer or stopwatch. I tried it out and the timer kept right going.
The timer kept on going even after rebooting the phone.
Finally, you’ll notice a few subtle interface changes. As the following screenshot demonstrates, the icon at the bottom has been turned into a globe that’s more representative of how the world looks instead of one with latitude/longitude lines.
A new globe icon will greet you in the bottom of the clock app.
You can grab the latest version from the Play Store.
The impact on you: Google has done a pretty good job at rolling out updates to seemingly innocuous apps like the Clock. They’re probably a core part of what you do everyday, enabling you to use your phone as the alarm or as a timer for keeping track of a workout.
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