The most recent first-party app to receive a facelift for Android tablets is Google Clock, which is now at version 7.2. This comes after the widespread rollout of Google Lens and Calculator earlier this week.

Update 6/8: Today, Google Clock 7.2 (450575037 vs. 453315463) is being extensively distributed to phones. For non-large screen devices, the keypad in the Timer tab now has larger digits, similar to the Calculator, and pill toggles now have an inversed color palette.

Initial 6/2: The significant change to Google Clock is a navigation rail that replaces the bottom bar, as was briefly hinted at during I/O 2022 last month. The five main portions of the app are now vertically centered on the left side of the screen, taking advantage of Material You’s pill-shaped tab indications.

The only other app with a rail today is Google Photos, and although its tabs are not centered, it makes use of the extra screen space to surface many other app features directly for a user interface that mimics the website.

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After

Google is now adopting two-column layouts throughout the Clock app when your tablet is in portrait orientation, in addition to the updated navigation that gives you more vertical space because there is no longer a bottom bar:

Bedtime reminder/card, listings of set alarms, and the alarm tab Clock: Right-column-centered floating action button displays the current time, date, and other saved cities. Prior to this, the UI wasn’t optimized. Timer: The countdown is in the center, but the controls are on the right. Stopwatch: Split times are displayed on the left, while a counter is displayed on the right. finest user interface in this update. Use of cards heavily before bed

The navigation rail is still on the left, but the screens in portrait orientation are identical to their phone counterparts. On phones that are held in landscape orientation, the rail is currently absent.

You can manually sideload Google Clock 7.2 today to receive the tablet updates even if it hasn’t yet been publicly released.

Update: We’ve already heard one report that Clock 7.2 on foldables, notably the Galaxy Z Fold 2 running Android 12, has graphic bugs (One UI 4.1). Depending on the orientation, certain layouts are blank, while others have items that are off-screen.

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