This app lets you keep time with a cool, customizable, polar clock. Note: Sony does not give developers a way to completely replace their built-in clock faces with a custom clock face so this clock runs as an app and takes over managing screen dimming functions to save the battery. Basically, you start the app and then, since you stay in the app, the Polar Clock watch face is always available. It is highly reccommended to use the "Sort Applications" function of the SmartWatch manager to place Polar Clock as the first app in the list to make access convienient in the event you leave the app.
After starting the app, tap on the screen to cycle between full brightness, half brightness, and display off. Swiping down will immediately turn off the display. While off, taping on the screen will wake the display back up and Polar Clock will still be running.
After starting the app, look in the lower right corner. If you see a small white dot, this means Polar Clock has disabled the watch's auto-dim function. The will cause Polar Clock to be visible at all times. This will impact battery life. Swipe right to toggle this on and off. The impact on your battery can be minimized by using the tap feature to set the screen to half brightness. When the dot is gone, Polar Clock will automatically dim the screen after 10 seconds, then turn it off after another 10 seconds.
Day and Month
Swipe left to toggle a day and month display in the lower left corner.
Leaving the app
If you want to quit Polar Clock and return to normal functionality, you can swipe up (or use Sony's reverse-pinch) to leave the app.
Be sure to check the app preferences page in the SmartWatch manager software. There you can change colors, and set various parameters for Polar Clock. Setting preferences using the swipe functions on the watch are only temporary and will be lost if Polar Clock quits. Setting them in the preferences makes your changes stick.
Like all apps for the Sony SmartWatch, the GUI display is actually rendered on your phone and then is sent to the watch. If your phone is asleep (screen off), rendering speed is reduced due to your phone's CPU being in a slower power-saving mode. You might notice that Polar Clock goes 2 or 3 seconds between updating the seconds hand. This is normal. When your phone is not sleeping, the seconds hand will be real-time.
If you need assistance setting all this up or just a better explanation, feel free to email [email protected]
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TO DO: If battery life proves to be a big issue, I will add preferences to disable the seconds hand and to slow down updates.