Google Clock Updated With Volume Controls and Vibrating Timers

The Google Clock app for Android has been updated with a few new improvements that most users will likely appreciate.  The updated build is version 4.4 for those keeping score at home and it is rolling out in the Google Play Store now.  There are two big features in the update:  Inline volume controls for alarms within the app and the ability to have timers vibrate, not just give an audible tone.  On volume controls, previously when you wanted to adjust the alarm volume, you had to use the volume rocker on your phone to turn it up or down.  With this update, that is no longer the case.  You can now change the volume of your alarms within the app using a slider within the Clock app, making setting the alarm a bit more precise and easier than tapping a physical button.

The other big change is the ability to have a timer vibrate in addition to giving you an audible cue when your timer has expired.  This is a simple thing but it is super handy if you have your phone

Google Clock for Android
Google Clock for Android

in your pocket, you are in a loud room and your timer expires.  You’ll never hear it.  This update should solve that problem for users of the app.

Finally, it should be noted that Goggle has also significantly shrunk the overall size of Google Clock.  The app is nearly 1MB smaller in size which doesn’t sound like a lot but for mobile devices, that’s a big deal.

If you have Google Clock installed on your phone, you should see the OTA update coming to you over the course of the next couple of days.  If you want to give the app a try, you can download it for free from the Play Store.