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Figure 13-4. Clock app when docked

The Clock app automatically launches when Nexus One phones are placed in the dock accessory, and other phones may have similar accessories. It's also an alarm you don't have to turn off on weekends, because it will remember to let you sleep.

Launch the Clock app in Android 2.1 and above, and you'll notice that it lists the current time and weather. It also has four buttons on the bottom, as shown in Figure 13-4. One for alarms, one for slideshow photos, one for music, and a Home button for returning to the Home screen. The button at the upper right dims the contrast on the screen to let you get to sleep and keep the screen from being damaged. If you leave the Clock app running for a while, it will also automatically dim. Many versions also display weather information, so you know whether to wear your jacket as you leave for work.

Click the alarm button, and you'll see a list of possible alarm times, as shown in Figure 13-5. Alarms that are active have a green indicator light. Because you can have many different alarms, you can keep alarms you only need occasionally and only turn them on when needed. Need to get up an hour early? Just tap on the alarm once to activate it.

Figure 13-5. Alarm times

If you have an active alarm, no matter how far in the future, you'll see an alarm symbol in the notifications area at the top of the screen, as shown in Figure 13-5. When the alarm goes off, you'll have the choice of ending the alarm or snoozing it for a few minutes by pressing the appropriate button. If you are unfortunate enough to accidentally click the Home screen or Back button in a bleary-eyed morning haze, the alarm will still ring until you return to the Clock app to turn it off, unless you've set your side buttons to also dismiss the alarm.

Press the Menu button and then Settings while viewing your Alarms screen to fine-tune global alarm settings. The options in Android 2.1 and above include ringing the alarm even when your phone is set to silent mode, adjusting the volume of the alarm, setting the length of the snooze, and setting the behavior of the side buttons. You can allow these to do nothing, snooze the alarm, or dismiss it.

Powerful Alarm Options

Here's where it gets even more powerful. Click the alarm time (as opposed to the alarm clock symbol next to the time) to edit an alarm, or click the "Add alarm" button at the top of the page. You'll see the alarm details page (Figure 13-6). This offers a huge number of very practical options.

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Default ringtone (Ringing Alarm)

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Figure 13-6. Alarm details

Setting the alarm time and turning it on are fairly obvious. You can also set the repeat. Choose "never" for an alarm you only use occasionally, but schedule your repeating alarms by the days of the week they repeat. Repeating alarms assume you need weekly scheduling, so you can't schedule an alarm to ring once a month. Figure 13-6 shows a work alarm that rings only on weekdays.

You can also pick the ringtone and whether or not this alarm vibrates. The default ringtone is a ringing alarm that resembles traditional alarm clocks with a shrill ringing bell. However, this is set individually per alarm. You could choose something quieter if your intent is not to wake up but to get something else done, such as getting out the door to get to work on time or picking your child up from theater rehearsals.

Finally, you can add a label to your alarm to remind you of its purpose. This label will show up in your list of alarms, making it even faster to turn the alarm on and off.

Analog Clock Widget

The Clock app in Android also comes with an Analog Clock widget. Unfortunately, you cannot change the style of the Clock widget in a standard version of Android. However, you can use the widget as a quick timepiece, and clicking it launches the Clock app.

Android variations, such as those found in HTC Sense UI phones, have much more elegant and beautiful clock widgets that combine the weather with the display. You can also download apps to improve the clock on most Android phones, such as the free Retro Clock widget, and the inexpensive Beautiful Widgets.

Some phones, such as the Android G1, ship with the Analog Clock widget already displaying. Simply long-click the widget and drag it to the trash to remove it.

YouTube

I discussed creating and uploading YouTube videos in Chapter 9. Now it's time to discuss browsing and viewing them. You can use your web browser to browse YouTube, and there is a mobile optimized version of the web site.

However, it is faster and easier to use Google's built-in YouTube app. Google provides a YouTube widget (Figure 13-7) you can install by long-clicking the Home screen. This widget is just a shortcut with three buttons. The YouTube logo launches the YouTube app. The magnifying glass launches search for the YouTube app, and the Camera button starts the camera to record videos.

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Figure 13-7. YouTube widget

The YouTube app (Figure 13-8) is an easier, mobile-friendly way to navigate YouTube. Video thumbnail previews load last, so you can start browsing as soon as the app is launched.

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