Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Dec 2011 20:11 UTC
Google Once upon a time, in a land, far, far away, there were two mobile operating systems. One of them was designed for mobile from the ground up; the other was trying really hard to copy its older, desktop brother. One was limited in functionality, inflexible and lacked multitasking, but was very efficient, fast, and easy to use. The other had everything and the kitchen sink, was very flexible and could multitask, but had a steep learning curve, was inconsistent, and not particularly pretty.
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One thing Android seem to have not allowed yet is customisation of the existing "system" icons/text in the notification area. I have two major gripes on this:

* Why are there no seconds displayed in the system clock? Maybe people would consider that would use more battery power, but surely that's up to me to decide and not Google? BTW, the Windows task bar has this very same awful "feature" - and yet apparently no-one in the world needs a task bar clock with seconds in it (hint: I do). At least Linux beats the rest with this - my GNOME desktop clock can have seconds or not and can also show the date above the time too.

* The battery indicator is completely horrid. For a start, there is no percentage figure or time remaining - both of which are present on pretty well every desktop OS going - and secondly, the poor granulation of the battery life indicator is made worse when you charge the battery (it flashes the leading edge of the battery level - arrgh!).

Yes, I know you can get other clocks and battery indicators that display in the notification area, but they don't *replace* the system clock or battery indicator and who wants to run 2 clocks or indicators (unless you're Microsoft and Windows 7 with its stupid clock widget :-) ).

As Thom says, Android's system components need to be replaceable via Market downloads - a few of them can, but not letting you fully customise something that's displayed all the time on your Android device is maddening.

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fatjoe Member since:

If I recall correctly, you _can_ tweek the stock android to do what you want (using some tool I dont remember the name of right now) _or_ install replacements.

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