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Support Display time when phone is locked

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by chuckeee, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. chuckeee

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    Hi,
    I used to use a Sony Ericsson phone which had a great feature. The time always displayed on the phone when it was locked (and the screen was 'off'), in large, dim grey letters on a black background.
    Android is annoying because whenever I want to simply see what the time is, I have to press the Power button, and then press the same button again to turn the display off again.

    Is there some way to get the Sony Ericsson funcionality on Android?
    Thanks
     

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    hmm, i dont know if there's a third party app that does this but u could just turn the screen on to check the lock screen time :D it'll turn off in 30 seconds if u dont wanna turn it off :p
     
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    My lockscreen auto turns off after 5 seconds.
     
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    OK, even if the locksceen turns off in 5 seconds you still have to press a button just to find out what the time is, and then if you put the phone back in your pocket within those 5 seconds, you risk the phone unlocking itself by swiping the inside of your pocket.
    It just seems like the Sony Ericsson solution was far better. I could just glance at the phone, at any time, and know the time, and it didn't waste batteries because the screen was mostly black.
     
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    I haven't seen a way this is possible. I guess you could buy a watch.
     
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    If I remember correctly, the NoLED app provides a function to have the time on the display permanently... though would have an effect on battery life I guess
     
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    I can see the appeal of this as I don't wear a watch and haven't since being a small child

    The problem is that the SGS2 goes to sleep to save battery. Having the screen on and the phone on all the time would have a big effect on battery life on a phone that already has pretty mediocre battery life.
     
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    yeah, i dont think i'd wanna have this feature even if was available. u could try out noLED like mentioned above. im not sure about that, and im sure it'll be a noticable battery drain
     
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    If I remember rightly, the Sony Ericsson would show the time(white background/black writing) only after pressing the side button, I had quite a few different models and most did the same, my current C902 does the same, so in my view there is no difference to the androis OS clock.
     
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    i dunno about sony ericsson but i hav seen the clock being displayed on the screen of the N8 n newer models wit amoled screens as soon as the screen is locked.. and noLED drains the battery by 20-30% overnight. :( but on nokia phones, with the screen always displaying the time, the battery lasts much longer.. really wish some1 wud come up with such energy saving clocks that r very useful.. these clocks wer made for these amoled screens as jus those pixels light up.. :smokingsomb:
     
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    I used to really like this feature on my old SE.

    I could imagine a very dimmed version working but a said, its the battery life that could cause issues.

    I've got alarm clock pro that gives a very dim time but doesn't lock the screen. It looks good. I should try it when it's on my desk and see the effect on the battery.
     
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    I can see that being a major drain unfortunately with smartphones the way they are!
     

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