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Clock Hub
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Pin a big old clock on your Windows Phone 8.1 Start screen with Clock Hub

The function of Clock Hub is about as simple as it gets. It gives you the option to pin a live tile on your start screen that displays the time, which is something that HTC-branded Windows Phones can do using the HTC Hub, but is lacking on Nokia and Samsung devices.

But not any more! 

Want a clock on your start screen? You got it!

Clock Hub offers you two options, 12-hour or 24-hour time format, and updates every minute, as one would both hope and expect. The trick here is the app is only for Windows Phone 8.1. Reason? 8.1 allows apps to update once per minute, whereas 8.0 has a 30 minute constraint. Boo-ya.

If you are looking to add a time tile to your start screen or replace your HTC Hub, you can get Clock Hub for free here in the Windows Phone Store. WINDOWS PHONE 8.1 ONLY

Pro tip: As you can see from the above lede image, the Clock Hub does have a transparent background, making it ideal for those of you with custom background images!

Thanks, Sarang D., for the tip!

QR: Clock Hub

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I know it's redundant, but I like this app. Works well with 8.1 devices where you need another 'transparent' app and some space. Plus, free.

Zakriel says:

Just what I was thinking!

Looks nice and clean

rockstarzzz says:

With that ugly status bar "always on" definitely it is a redundant tile. Takes up too much space anyway. I don't even want to start thinking about how it affects the battery by running in the background every minute!

"I don't even want to start thinking about how it affects the battery by running in the background every minute!"

Um, it's not accessing the internet and doing a data pulldown. It simply updates. Let me ask: how much do you think that consumes in processing power as compared to flipping a Tile or animating Cortana?

Alternatively, if updating a tile every minute was extremely deleterious, why would Microsoft enable it for 8.1?

rockstarzzz says:

If you put it that way, may be as long as nothing it does is waking up my phone every 1 minutes, I will never think of battery when using this app. However, putting it right under a clock in the corner, unless I am desperate to put an awesome background on my tiles.. is a no no.

My lumia 1520 battery life decreased significantly after installing windows 8.1
Maybe by 50% or more. Its only 1145 am and i have 35% remaining. Used to be 45% at 10 pm ( i wake up at 530am and unplug ) I guess I'm not getting this app for now :(

kushki says:

Not to brag but battery life in my lumia has been excellent (almost unchanged) after the update. I think we all had different installation scenario (i.e. amount of data, apps installed). I think there should be a thread where poeple can share how they installed the update. How much data was there? Battery status at the time of install? Whether the phone was plugged in during the install. Hard reset was done or not? If yes, was it before installing the update or after? And finally, whats the result in terms of battery life, performance, lags, glitches, etc.

I think this can give a good indication on whats going wrong with so many people who are complaining in the forums.

rockstarzzz says:

There is no need for that. Rule of common sense dictates after any update if things don't work as you expect, there is a conflict with old info. Just remove that. How? Hard reset. Hard reset fixes everything with Windows phone. If it's related to hardware you don't have any solution. But hardware related issues are expected from any preview build. Why? It doesn't update your firmware.

How long does it take to hard reset wp? And how long or how do i get back my apps, start screen and other info back? Sorry, never done it on wp. Done on android and apple countless times...

Zarnywoop says:

perhaps its a bug in an 8.0 app that isnt optimised for 8.1. 

Maybe you should do a hard reset because my battery life is the same or better. Getting consistently, more than a day.

Ill do it on the weekend! Thanks for idea!!

Of the first day after updated, my L920 battery life was horrible, decreased very deeply, so, I let the phone discharge totally, and then charged fully, and do it again, after that, I made a software reset, to reboot completly the system and apps, now two days later, seems to be normal again.

erasure25 says:

Likely because after the update your phone was downloading and installing updated apps on the background. I noticed I had like 30+ apps showing as "installing."

Marco Gomes1 says:

You need to go into the battery sense and manually turn off some of the apps running background tasks.

Ticomfreak says:

Start disabling tasks.

I noticed that disabling tasks on 8.0 didn't work well, but after 8.1 it works great. Increases my battery life a ton, even from 8.0.

Nokia Lumia 1020, AT&T

Dean McCrae says:

Good point about the tile flipping...why though did they not allow this before 8.1, hardware is the same? Guess its just maturity of the API. At least, I hope it is open to 3rd party apps...Will soon know.

nlm says:

You're probably right about minimal battery drain but to answer your question, tile flips and animations stop after about 30 seconds on 8.0. if you don't touch the screen. Is this still the case on 8.1?

Frankie Foo says:

Hi Daniel,

I haven't came across any documentation in MSDN & WP8.1 SDK stating the ability of updating tiles every minute locally on the device. The closest methods I found was

- Windows push notification service (WNS), could do the per minute update, but it would require network access.

- TimeTrigger, which doesn't required network, but have a minimum of 15 minute gap

- SystemTrigger, which only run when certain action is trigger, but would take up a spot of lockscreen slot.

Maybe you could shed some light on this? Thanks!

The clock was "always on" to begin with.

 

Even on HTC phones that have had this tile since forever.

tribexx says:

Seems Android....ish.

Madhu T C says:

Android doesn't have tile layout,I don't know it is Android-ish

schlubadub says:

You might want to take a closer look at the HTC One ;) But I'd say they copied metro more than the other way around

Hi Daniel, I'm the developer of this app, in the current version there is a bug that show many notifications in the Action Center. I've published now an update that fix this bug, it will online in a few hours, sorry for the inconvenience.

Dean McCrae says:

Hi Fela. Have not had chance to look at the new SDK. How are they limiting what you can do in a 1 minute background task?

Marco Gomes1 says:

Sure am glad to hear your comment. I want the clock app but been put on hold after reading about the notification annoyance. Will download it tomorrow. Also, consider removing the app title in the tile. If it's good enough we will tell our friends, no need for the title. THX for supporting WP.

Sarang68 says:

Hey Fela. I tipped wpcentral about your app. Just one request please. Is it possible in a future update to remove the clock hub name on the live tile?

neonspark says:

what are the battery implications of updating a tile every minute?

Mohit Jain4 says:

It must also give the date, but atleast per minute updating tile is gud, hope that happens for other tiles as well.

Mohit Jain4 says:

OMG !!! Not compatible with L520...... :/

Rem97 says:

Are you running WP8.1?

Joeul_Ramos says:

Not compatible?? I got it on my L521. Do you have WP8.1?

KDoubleU says:

Yes it is its running just fine on my 520

Manoj Daran says:

NO..... Working Fine with L520!!!

lippidp says:

Not available for my device. Lumia 1020 USA WP8.

Correct. Now noted above that this is for 8.1 devices only. Sorry!

lippidp says:

On second thought, Glance fulfills this need anyway.

Unless you have an Icon/Lumia 930 or Lumia 520 ;)

lippidp says:

Yeah, sucks to be those guys! 1020 is rad...

Dexterrino says:

what 1020 color did you get?

lippidp says:

Black with black charging shell. Would've gotten cyan if it was available. Very happy!

Dexterrino says:

thanks for the fast reply. are you using a desktop? coz i dont know how to see notifications about people who reply to my comments on wpcentral.com .....is there a way on how to activate it?

edit: i just manually go to the article and scroll to my comment to see if someone replied to me :|

Aman2901 says:

There is a option of "Notify me when someone comments" Beneath the text box..Tick the box before it..You would be inboxed with the reply and ofcourse the name of that person..

Dexterrino says:

oh. thanks! inboxed where? in my yahoo email?

Marco Gomes1 says:

I'm guessing in the email you used to create your account but it's only a wild guess.

gajomau says:

The post said WP 8.1 -_-

josonjoy1986 says:

But why is it 24mb ???

bigbmc26 says:

Agreed, that a hefty clock app.

jorime says:

It's 1MB for each hour of the day. Seems legit.

maybe the author is using some frameworks.. for no reason though

Dexterrino says:

lacks more unicorn blood.

Roun says:

I thought 3rd party Live-Tiles couldn't update faster than every 30 minutes...

8.1 can do every minute.

IceDree says:

Cool, thanks Daniel ... I wasn't really sure about this one.

dwarfsize says:

Wondering if updating every minute would have a negative effect on the battery?

Not compared to flipping Tiles or animating Cortana. It's not pulling down data, just refreshing. I don't think it'll be a huge drain, otherwise why would MS give devs the tools to do it?

Aashish13 says:

Is Cortana working for u properly dan?

Aman2901 says:

Then the Glance would not be using up a lot of battery life..As it's only refreshing..IF The sensors don't take up a lot of battery..

But glance is different since the display must be turned on for glance to work ... 

Roun says:

Oh nice, this'll make battery live tiles so much more useful.

I wonder if he got clearance from Microsoft

EDIT: Nevermind Daniel Rubino has explained it.

JasonSCarter says:

Not avaiable, 920 on ATT in USA

sepatown says:

You really need to read the article. Of course it works for L920

mjlauesen says:

Not compatible with Lumia 1520

The Lumia 1520 in the lede photo would betray that conclusion. Running 8.0, I presume?

Daniel a question out of proportion.. Hope you don't mind it..i was actually thinking of WiFi direct..it was claimed to be there any news about it because I cant find it

And by the way this app is awesome..i have used it.. Now I require a battery app with per minute update

Sarang68 says:

Are you on WP 8.1? Compatible with my 1520 updated to 8.1.

cwinger says:

Been waiting for this for 2 years now. I loved it on my blue HTC we received at build.

sarim_xyz says:

If only it didn't say 'Clock Hub' at the bottom of the tile. But it's a 3rd party app, and I think it's great!

IceDree says:

Thank you thank you thank you !!!
I felt kinda lost when the HTC clock stopped working after 8.1 !

Dadstar0410 says:

Yea, whattup with that???

DieNadel says:

Works fine on L925

Though this is not my prefrence but microsoft should have integrated a tile in the OS itself. I have seen a lot of people crying about it in forums in last few months.

Well glad we can expect more apps now as restrictions are slightly less.

mjesani says:

Wouldn't it be nice if background can also be set for app list menu.

PureView says:

How pointless.

vj1413 says:

Its keep getting better and better :)

MojoDoj0 says:

Will this update cycle make notifications on apps like 6tag and 6snap pop more often if one have a snapchat marathon?

Aashish13 says:

I guess not coz such APIs aren't given to 3rd party developers

Time:Me by Arnold Vink has a lot more features and is a much better app, plus they have a sideload version that runs on 8.1 without the 30 minute limitation. Arnold also has a Windows 8.x version you can pin to your start screen that has the exact same layout.

You can get it here: projects.arnoldvink.com

That app is severely buggy, I wouldn't recommend it until that developer updates the dev. Version.

Mohd Saif says:

It's current version is 1.9.8.1 with transparent live tile

I'm still using his app even on WP8.1. He mentioned some time ago that he is planning on a building new version that works in the store. Nice to have the current time, weather, and battery percent all in the same app!

Tab Numlock says:

I gave up on the side-loaded TimeMe. It would often miss updating and be off. Maybe the wp8.1 version will be better but I'd rather not have integrated weather. Might be nice if it did something tho, like opening alarms, and showing alarms on the tile.

I'm amused by the idea and credit the dev with making the app, but....

I think the second and third screen caps of this article show the redundant nature of the app...

 

Nakazul says:

Yeah, it's annoying you can't hide the icons in the top bar.

gfunk84 says:

I realize it's intended to clone the HTC clock, but I'd rather have the option to use Segoe instead of that HTC-style font.

Sarang68 says:

Thank you,Seth!

vikrant6 says:

Now I'm expecting many awesome apps to get more awesome by utilising this one minute update cycle..

TrustySnooze says:

I've always wanted something to replace my HTC hub after switching to Nokia.

Just tried it out - nice app actually, wonder why MS didn't include this natively?

Would love to see this give the full date as well, date day and month.

Good job!

Nakazul says:

Maybe some exclusive HTC stuff? Maybe don't want to anger the Taiwanese phone maker. :)

Good point! And rather unfortunate.

Either way this live tile helps arranging my tiles to get maximum transparent coverage. I like that!

Marco Gomes1 says:

If there's one thing HTC is good at is copying the best features from Nokia and include them in their phones.

aafa says:

Works great on my ATIV.

moc426 says:

Should remove the name of the app on the tile. Nice app for those who want such.

gonza1520 says:

Going to download this!!!

Ratman826 says:

Why is the app not launching on my 920 :(

Nakazul says:

Only thing i don't like with this app is it is showing the app title on the tile. Otherwise, great app. How battery hungry it might be is above me.

pwachleman says:

I need a transparent wpcentral app! :)

AuraTigital says:

When used right it is aesthetically pleasing. Though I wish there were more customization options.

mjesani says:

I wonder why the file size is so big....

 

marantaz says:

I always get sad when reading comments on articles ... does anyone read an article first anymore? I can imagine Daniel sitting there, reading the comments as they post, wondering "Why do I bother?". Someday soon, he'll be in his office one morning, looking at that drawer full of free smartphones he's got, then he grabs the drawer, rips it out of the desk and tosses it all out the window (oh the irony), never to be heard from again.
For the sake of Daniels sanity, please...READ.

alphacc82 says:

I would be weary of the 24mb size. An app of this nature should be NO where near that! 1mb max

oscarbum says:

1520, Not working for me either, but TimeMe quit updating after the 8.1 install as well.

oscarbum says:

FIXED: Look in Battery Saver. Make sure it is allowed to run in the background.

I like the new setting to let it keep running in the background during battery saver mode.

pookyjoralyn says:

I'm using the TimeMe just fine here.

OsamaAdam98 says:

I kept misreading clock :|

Love that start screen background.

HinoMusouka says:

I wouldn't think this app deserves an article only for itself.

Also I hate that it bugs me (in Action Center) every 5 minutes to rate it, while I already have done it.

ddewar10 says:

I like the idea, buy really that's a lot of stupid notifications. Block them using the notification center settings?

"I wouldn't think this app deserves an article only for itself."

Were you in anyway burdened by our publishing this article? lol I happen to like this app, so it gets an article.

Al4video says:

That's funny shit.   But I bet he still doesn't get it.  The purpose of any article to them is to do one thing.....and that's bitch.

William5849 says:

Yeah. It's something I saw on android. I never thought I would see the spamming notification center on windows phone.

LSDigital says:

Too much oldschool for me, waiting for something with a little more style ;)

or maybe I'll do it myself :)

chrisjfinlay says:

Nice app, though needs to not say "Clock Hub" in the bottom of the tile. Also, it keeps spamming me every few minutes to review the app (notifications appearing in action centre), so while I like the app, I will be giving the developer a scathing review for this behaviour.

patiua says:

Anyone know of a nice weather app, that has a transparent background? Neither amazing weather, weather flow nor weather from Nokia seems to work...

sayonical says:

Its also the first app to spam my action center asking to review the app...

Anyone know of a weather app that has a live tile which shows the forecast but also has a clear tile to support the new start screen? WPC needs to update there app too. Surprised they haven't yet honestly.

I don't mean the lock screen... I'm talking about the Start Screen.

Ok. Pinned to my Start as a wide tile and it shows the weather. But is not clear. Lol... Am I losing my mind. When its medium its clear. Small... Clear. Large... Not.

Weather app from Microsoft... Simple and effective... (not bing)... Its 1mb in size I think... Never drained battery and updated very frequently...

I use this one... But its doesn't turn clear to show my background wallpaper

Wow thanks! Gorgeous too!

Knlin731 says:

Thank you WPC I needed one of these. WP8.1 and the HTC hub on my 8X don't play well together

iinnnnit says:

Why there is so much spare space on left and right side of the start screen?

Madhu T C says:

Working awesome on Lumia 920

medianemesis says:

Hey Dan, I'm still asking where I can get that particular background in the lede photo...

Duduosf says:

Nah. Glance screen is more than enough for me.

udupa1982 says:

 

I don't see the point in this app, is it beautiful yes and completely agree with it. On the other hand it's completely useless and redundant. I installed the app thinking I can pin 2 tiles with 2 different time zone but I cannot and that kills the one possible use of it.

 

Madhu T C says:

Many find useful as app makes great addition for start screen

udupa1982 says:

 

Clock is already present on the home screen and on lock screen, so IMO is useless and it's 24MB for one tile which has no alternative use. I see waste of time and productivity as the asp could have been so much more as I need an which can show more than one time zone.

It is pointless and I wouldn't even say it's beautiful - the font choice is horrible.

Not bad but it is a little slow to update.  It's currently 2 minutes off the current time on the phone. Remove the "Clock Hub" name on the live tile and have the current date instead would be better.    

  

MadSci2 says:

I hope they can turn it into the old flip clock image like HTC always had on WinMo. I really miss that!

Tiago Veiga says:

It was cool until it started to send notifications to rate it.

Uninstalled!

Madhu T C says:

You could have blocked notification

Tichshew says:

THANK YOU! I always enjoyed the look of having a clock at the top, something I always missed from my Android days. Looks great.

rendell ray says:

My HTC hub live tile stop working. It stopped displaying the time and weather after the update.  It's just a blank tile with the word HTC on the bottom left corner. Anyone else had the same problem?

Yes mines doing it tob

Why exactly is it 24mb?

iboy2604 says:

Wow! that's awesome..within 2-3 days of launching WP8.1 & that too DEV's preview..we are seeing soo many Customization Apps & many others coming on..
this is just the teaser..PICTURE TOH ABHI BAAKI HAI MERE DOST.

Hip-hip hurray for WP8.1
& LONG LIVE LUMIA!

petteriusa says:

I feel its redundant now that the time is always displayed on the top of the screen, and holy notifications! Ok, I'll review the app already, but don't expect a great review after filling up my notification center like that!

Madhu T C says:

App has beautiful layout, out looks awesome even though we have fixed clock. Notification can be blocked.

Marco Gomes1 says:

Finally! When I suggested this feature a couple of months back I was almost crucified on the comments but as it turns out a lot of people find it useful.

nickg0413 says:

FINALLY for sure!!!!! Thanks to whomever developed this app.

Forget this app...it's spamming the hell out of my notification center!!!

Madhu T C says:

Block notifications for this app, simple

I shouldn't have too...simple. Once - fine. Twice - ok. Three - wtf. Every 60 seconds - drop dead.

Madhu T C says:

Some people have left negative comments in store for this app. May be they don't know it requires WP 8.1

wpstan says:

Nokia already had this same feature back on my old N8...could set it to show clock always on home screen..not to much new with this app

rikycaldeira says:

Really cool! Ive always been jealous of HTC owners :)

Jacob Heston says:

When is ruddy making his apps update every minute!????? :)

Ticomfreak says:

That will drain the crap out of your battery...

Jacob Heston says:

Couldn't be any worse then instagram beta, facebook? I want 6snap updates on time :(

Ticomfreak says:

No.

Facebook and Instagram work via the Microsoft Push Notification System (MPNS) WP8.0 apps can do this too. The MPNS can send notifications as it happens while using little battery power. The only tricky thing, is that it requires that you own the severs to push the notifications.

This is different from background tasks, which works using the pull operation and uses alot of battery power because it has to constantly check for new notifications. It does not require you to own the servers. Unfortunately, this is the only way that unofficial apps can send notifications.

Jacob Heston says:

Ahhh I see... Thanks for the insight. Very frustrating

slap0rama says:

No!!!!! That's not fair!! Nokia users get everything! Let us HTC users keep the big ass clock at least!!

Another pointless app together with Tilesparency, bringing nothing but inconsequential cosmetic trivialities. Glance gives a clock when off and there's an always on clock when moving round the phone. Who goes back to their home screen to find the time from a big ugly tile? Mental.

Been using TimeMe for a long time. If you side load it as i did, it updates every minute. I can even change the color of the tile.

Jupast says:

Hopefully Arnold Vink updates his excellent TimeMe App which is a bit more full featured than this. 

Up till now you've had to sideload it (pretty easily) to get it to update every minute, but now with 8.1 that shouldn't be a problem.

On the description says how to sideload to make it update the time every minute. I'm a student so I have a Dev account.
http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=ef6099f2-41dd-4bad-9fa1-8f4143386194

Aanze says:

Would have loved it if it didnt have this "hub clock" label on the bottom

morpheus1982 says:

The HTC hub is 16 Mb download and has a clock, stocks, and weather. Clock Hub is just a clock and is 24 Mb! How?

TrustySnooze says:

Exactly my thought, why does it take up so much storage?

markreif says:

I like it as an HTC fan but it needs font options.....

Ed Boland says:

Oh, there's an update for Clock Hub already!

@Daniel hey it seems Microsoft doesn't want us to use any app without network connection..... I mean to say this app's one minute tile update time is not working without constant network connection... Any solution for that????

Manoj Daran says:

No, its working fine without network connection!! 

Not working on my Lumia 920 with WP8.1, the app opens freezes and exit automatically, uninstalled, reinstalled and tries again, same thing happened, such a shame I've always wanted an app that displayed that clock and now that finally is realased it doesn't work on my Phone :(

Manoj Daran says:

First of its Kind which updates every minute. I really think, everyone should appreciate this. A Good start

gys, i just cannot download this app, no matter how much i try!! ait just gets stuck on "pendind" for hours!! i even downloaded it on my pc and copied it to the sd card gor installation..it still is stuck on pending with half the download bar full.. can u pls help me??

uopjo6 says:

Doesn't work half the time. Tile space replaced by Blue Skies weather app (which is fantastic so far)

urikahn says:

I like the clock a lot, but it needs a live tile: the back side should contain date or countdown to a user defined event/s.  Need to remove the title "clock hub" from the tile.  It's not a hub, and everyone can see its a clock...

 

Does anyone know when this app will be out in Australia?

also, where can i find the background image used in the pics above?

Tab Numlock says:

Just got the 2nd update. Still goes off. People who write WP apps should get an L520 to test apps on, since they probably represent half of windows phones. Maybe it's the small memory. BTW, I have done a hard reset.

Does anyone have a link to the orginal? That worked perfectly and had no weather, which I don't want.

On HTC 8X 8.1 the live tile won't show the clock and it's just doing nothing on my start screen. It's "always allowed" from battery saver.

Shel Dyck says:

awesome, very welcome. 

the HTC app is terrible at updating. you often have to open it to get it to refresh.

Rad Matic says:

Developer is a sadist. He creates the first working WP clock tile and then destroys it. He could restore the 12MB one but won't because we must be punished.