When you travel to another time zone with your phone, you want to keep track of both the time it is back home and the time that is in your current destination. By default, your smartphone only has one clock, so what can you do? The solution is quite simple, because you can take advantage of the various free Android world clock widgets that will let you know the time in New York, Tokyo, and London all at once.
Yes, you could just shift the time zone settings on your Android smartphone to your new location, but this has a habit of wreaking havoc on the appointment times in your calendar. Just as there are better alarm clock apps, you can do a lot better with the right world clock app or widget too.
World Clock & Widget
Time is such a simple concept, so if you want the simplest possible Android world clock solution, then the simply named World Clock & Widget by NRS Magic is probably the app for you. There are no fancy clock faces and you really don’t get much input in terms of formatting, but you can very easily view the different times of various world cities from the comfort of your Android home screen. There are three sizes of widget available: 1×1, 2×1, and 4×1. The 2×1 widget is probably the most versatile, as it can display up to three world times simultaneously.
World Clock Widget
If you like having a few fancier clock faces at your disposal, then this Android widget app may be more your cup of tea. There are options for both digital and analog clocks and you get a lot of color and appearance settings to customize the look of your Android world clock widget. The 3D look fits in with a lot of the more modern 3D UI skins and launchers. In fact, you can even get the background color to change depending on whether it is daytime or nighttime!
World Weather Clock Widget
Maybe the World Clock Widget isn’t fancy enough for you. The World Weather Clock Widget developed by satok steps up another few notches by adding weather forecasts to the widget along with the standard world clock functionality. You’ll also notice that it has a lot of really funky designs with a wide variety of font choices, including a couple of “urban” style ones. The different widget sizes and color options make this particularly versatile.
Perfect World Clock
It’s a rather bold statement by developer Andre Rabold to call his offering the Perfect World Clock, but if you’re the kind of person who appreciates simple fonts and clean designs, then perhaps this widget really does live up to its name. Developed with frequent travelers in mind, Perfect World Clock has a database of over 20,000 cities in all time zones around the world, giving you day and night displays in your choice of digital or analog. There are three widget sizes: 4×1, 2×2, and 2×1.
Clocks Around the World
While I’m partial to having my Android world clock displayed as a widget on one of my homescreens, other people may like having it contained with a dedicated app instead. Clocks Around the World by Dr Klukas is for those kind of people. The app requires no permissions and will show a variety of world times in both analog and digital format. In portrait mode, you get a single column of entries, whereas landscape mode displays a two column view.
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