Yet Another Night Clock
YANC, rhymes with, err better be careful, hmm, Tank. Yes, that’s safe.
Having just upgraded to a shiny new HTC Sensation we were somewhat surprised to find that the night clock has been ‘changed’. As a comparison, see the pictures. One the left we have the original, and one the right the new.
WTF, that’s not a night clock. That’s a screen dimmer on the Desk Clock. Rubbish.
So we checked the market for a free alternative to HTC’s little wonder. There’s plenty around, but no free one we could find that did the simple stuff well.
So here we have YANC. It does the simple stuff well, and compares favourably to the HTC one. The major changes are:
- Touch the screen to brighten the clock for 5 seconds
- The clock is dimmer than the original, which was a tad too bright (but we’ve noticed the Sensation’s screen seems to leak more light ruining the overall effect…)
- It repositions the time every minute, rather than the HTC’s two or three minutes
- Shows the next alarm time, including snoozed alarms
The Pro version has:
- Wave your hand in front of the device to switch the screen on
- Animated digits as the minutes and hours roll over
- Preferences to set the dimmed and touched screen brightness
- Preferences to set the dimmed and touched text colour
- A stay awake option
- Change the font size of the time
- Preference to hide the icons when dimmed
- A Do-Not-Disturb option to mute the Ringer and Notifications volumes. The Alarm still rings though!
- An ‘always-on’ option to act as a desk clock, complete with dynamic Sun and Moon icons (long press on the screen)
- An option to switch the screen off, and wake up if you wave your hand in front of the screen (see below)
Turn off When Dimmed
Rather than dimming the screen after five seconds, enabling this feature will turn off the display completely. If you move your palm near the screen, it should turn back on and show the current time using the ‘touched’ brightness settings. It will then turn off again after five seconds. This has an enormous benefit on battery life, such that a Nexus 4 can last through the night with 80% battery left in the morning.
Using this mode, the Do Not Disturb features still work, so you will not be annoyed by notifications or phone calls.
Whilst you will not be able to see the time, it is easy to turn the device back on and, in most cases, will override the lock screen to go straight into the application. Note that we cannot override the PIN entry type lock screens on most devices.
To be able to turn devices off, we require access to the Device Administrator Lock the screen permission. You will be prompted to enable this when selecting this feature. Note that you may need to unselect this feature to uninstall the application.
This feature works by using the proxmity sensor that comes with most phones and some tablets (sorry Nexus 7 owners, you don’t have one).
The icons come from the excellent icons resource provided by MySiteMyWay.com
The revision history is now maintained on our Google Plus site.
20110918 1.5.1 BOTH Alarm time only shown if in the next 24hrs. PRO Don’t move time when battery level changes.
20110917 1.5.0 PRO Options to change fonts and hide icons. BOTH Alarm text changes.
20110903 1.4.0 PRO Added Stay Awake option
20110825 1.3.1 BOTH Added support for some Samsung devices.
20110702 1.3.0 PRO Added a colour picker to change the text colour.
20110629 1.2.0 YANC Pr released.
20110626 1.1.1 Fixed bug where 12 hour mode would crash when text too wide to fit screen.
20110626 1.1.0 Now displays the next alarm time
20110624 1.0.1 Soft lights now dim too!
20110624 1.0.0 First release