Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cool Uses for Android’s Daydrm Mode

Android’s Daydrm fture is an “interactive screensaver mode” that can activate automatically when your device is docked or charging, keeping your screen on and displaying information. Daydrm mode can give your device an always-on information display.Developers can crte their own Daydrm apps and Android includes a variety of built-in options. We’ll cover what you need to know about Daydrm mode and how you can use it to make your Android device display useful information.
What is Daydrm Mode?When you dock your Android phone or tablet or charge it, its screen normally stays off. When you enable Daydrm mode, the device’s screen will stay on and display the Daydrm app you choose. You can use this to display the time, wther, quotes, photos, news, tweets, or anything else that developers write a Daydrm app for.This fture was added inAndroid 4.2. If you have an old Android device you’re not using lying around, you could try toinstall a custom ROM like Cyanomod on it. You can then enable Daydrm mode and use it to display information.This fture isn’t enabled by default. To enable it, open Android’s Settings screen, tap Display, and tap Daydrm. Tap the When to Daydrm option and select when you want to use Daydrm mode.You can then select the Daydrm app you want to use. Many Daydrm apps have settings you can configure — just tap the settings button to their right.ClockDaydrm mode debuted along with Android 4.2 and the 4. To demo it, Google showed the 4 sitting on its wireless charging orb and displaying information. If you have a 4 and a wireless charger, you can enable Daydrm mode, place it on the charger, and it will function as a clock. The clock uses a “night mode” setting by default to appr very dim — perfect for glancing at the time in the middle of the night if you want to replace your old clock radio with your phone.The time slowly fades out and moves around the screen when you use this Clock app, preventing screen -in on some devices.PhotosGoogle provides Photo Frame and Photo Table Daydrm apps that function as photo slideshows. You can select albums from your Gallery and your device will flip through the photos in those albums, essentially turning your phone or tablet into a digital photo frame. The Photo Frame app functions as a standard photo slideshow, displaying one photo at a time, while Photo Table displays multiple photos at once in a smaller, thumbnailed view.QuotesDaydrm Quotesdisplays random quotes when your device is in Daydrm mode. The white-on-black text is simple and not too distracting — it may give you something to think about if you happen to glance at your phone while it’s in Daydrm mode.FlipboardGoogle provides a Google Currents app, but there’s a good chance you useFlipboardinstd of Google Currents. Luckily, Flipboard includes Daydrm support so you can have your device cycle through the latest content from Flipboard, just in case you want another device constantly broadcasting new and interesting content at you.More OptionsThese aren’t the only options. You may also be interested in:Zoum Twitter Daydrm, a Twitter client for Daydrm that displays new tweets.Website Daydrm, which displays any website on screen while in Daydrm mode. It’s unclr who this would be useful to, but it’s certainly flexible.Wther Daydrm Screensaver, which displays the wther. It’s a paid app that costs $3, so you may want to try configuring Dashclock to show the wther instd.Butiful Widgetsalso includes a Daydrm app that displays both the time and the wther.Google CurrentsGoogle Play Newsstand is the new home for all your favorites news, magazines, blogs, and more. Newsstand updates and replacesGoogle Currents, which is...There’s also a hidden Daydrm app built into Android jelly bn, which displays jelly bns floating around on your device’s screen. To unlock it,access the hidden jelly bn ster egg. The hidden “BnFlinger” option will appr in your list of Daydrm apps.Daydrm mode is a fairly recent fture, so there aren’t as many third-party options as there are for things likeAndroid’s home screen widgets. It’s also tough to design good Daydrms that display useful information in an unobtrusive fashion without overwhelming the user — what else is there to display in Daydrm mode?

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