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Do you know the secret of the Samsung Galaxy clock?

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Whether it’s at Samsung, other manufacturers or even at Android itself, secrets are commonplace when it comes to Google's flagship mobile operating system - not forgetting the Easter Eggs (whether its on Android or another (in)dependent Google app). Today, we’re going to reveal the hidden secret that is the Samsung Galaxy clock. It’s not a huge secret, so it's hardly going to knock off your feet, but I was surprised when I heard it. Without further ado, let’s uncover the mystery!

So, what’s the mystery of the hidden Samsung Galaxy clocks?

Discovered for the first time in 2013 on a Galaxy S4, the secret of the Samsung clock had already existed. In short, it turns out that the 'Clock' application icon on the Samsung Galaxy running with Android - Android 4.4 and maybe even a little before - is animated. Still can't see the difference? Here’s how to set it up.

You can approach this in two ways. The first is:

  • Go to your application drawer
  • Go to the page where the clock is located
  • Change the page and wait 10 seconds
  • Following this, you should notice that the second hand has moved
Watch the blue second hand on the two images. You won’t see it in the screenshots but the minute and hour hands can move. / © Samsung

Note: notice that the second hand isn’t the only one that moves, as the others are also animated. This is precisely what brings us to the second method, which you may already thought of. 

So, the first method always works, but it’s certainly more convenient to install the clock icon on the home screen so you can avoid needing to look for it every time you want to see the difference. After installing the icon on the home screen, change pages and / or turn off your phone and go back to it a little later. You should notice that the other hands are also constantly moving.

It may be a gadget, but the brand has made the effort to integrate it into its software interface. Additionally, the animated icons aren’t new to Android. For those who aren’t already in the know, some themes already featured animated icons as early as 2011. Today, you can even find beautiful ones in Material Design. One last thing, applying a theme that changes the icon appearance can actually deactivate the function. If you replace it with the right icon or change theme by default, the icon animation should return to normal.

Did you already know about the secret of the Samsung Galaxy clock? Are there any other smartphone secrets you've discovered that you'd like to share? Let us know in the comments below.

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Pierre Vitré

Pierre Vitré
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Pierre has a strong passion for new technologies and mobile since its first StarTac. Android user since 2011, Pierre became totally hooked. He never leaves his smartphone and smartwatch and still believes in the success of Google Glass. That's why he joined to be the head of content.

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  • Bo Mathis 1
    Bo Mathis Feb 14, 2018 Link to comment

    Samsung makes the best hardware on the planet. Unfortunately, their software is some of the worst. In the case of the Samsung Clock app, they actually have a nice alarm feature not found on most other apps. And that is a DATE/TIME alarm stetting (most only have a TIME alarm). The DATE/TIME alarm is great for reminding you of a future event, like checking in for a flight. In Samsung fashion though, the alarms are sorted by TIME and not DATE/TIME. This leads to confusion and why I hope Google bakes it into their version of the Clock app.

    If you haven't already, Samsung users should replace their Contacts, Calendar, and Messaging apps with Google's versions. For example, Samsung's Contacts app (orange icon) has had a bug in it for 10 years or more that truncates long Notes field entries. Despite knowing about the problem, Samsung calls it a feature. Google's version works as expected.

  • Shankar Prasad Nandi 18
    Shankar Prasad Nandi Feb 14, 2017 Link to comment

    Didn't know there was a clock. Can't find it. Can't care less whether or not it is animated.

  • Mark G. 28
    Mark G. Feb 12, 2017 Link to comment

    Huh so it does, I use this app regularly to set alarms and never noticed it before. (shows how much we actually take in...)

  • Mike 22
    Mike Feb 12, 2017 Link to comment

    I didn't know there was a clock!

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    Fullmetal Jun Feb 12, 2017 Link to comment

    Same thing with the calendar/s planner app icon. The icon changes date everyday!

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