Google announced yesterday that Android’s default Clock app is adding musical alarms courtesy of a new Spotify integration. Version 5.3 with that functionality is rolling out now and features some small visual tweaks throughout the app.
About APK Insight: In this ‘APK Insight’ post, we’ve decompiled the latest version of an application that Google uploaded to the Play Store. When we decompile these files (called APKs, in the case of Android apps), we’re able to see various lines of code within that hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect. We’ll try to enable those that are closer to being finished, however, to show you how they’ll look in the case that they do ship. With that in mind, read on.
If you don’t already have Spotify for Android installed, the “Alarm sound” page will open a Play Store prompt to download it. Once logged in, users will be asked to “Connect” their account and grant permission in Spotify to “The Clock app by Google.”
The new Spotify tab first lists your “Recently played & selected” songs, albums, and playlists based on your listening history in the streaming service. Underneath are various morning-themed playlists grouped in categories like “Rise and Shine,” “Lazy Mornings,” “Morning Workout,” and more. Each item features an overflow menu to open the full listing in the Spotify app.
When the alarm triggers, the Clock app uses album artwork of the selected song as a background, while the track name is listed at the bottom. A playback notification from Spotify remains as you dismiss the alarm, thus allowing users to quickly continue listening.
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A new blue underline in version 5.3 makes it obvious what section you’re currently viewing in the app. It works in conjunction with the delightful miniature icons that animate as you select a tab.
How to update?
Version 5.3 of the Google Clock is rolling out now via the Play Store. We do not post APKs to download directly given the legal challenges associated with copyright and possibility of removal. Meanwhile, that model moving forward is perilous given upcoming system-level changes from Android App Bundles and Google Play’s Dynamic Delivery.
Dylan contributed to this article