Five apps to take advantage of Daydream in Android 4.2

Daydream was pretty quickly glanced over by most people when it was announced as part of the Android 4.2 release, but luckily some developers have started to make apps using the new feature. The latest revision of Jelly Bean just isn't available to that many people and the number and quality of daydream apps reflects that, but luckily there are some gems to be found if you go searching for them.

Read on past the break and see the top apps available right now to take advantage of the daydream functionality in Android 4.2.

Clock Plus DayDream

The stock Android 4.2 clock daydream looks nice, but doesn't offer a whole lot of functionality. Clock Plus DayDream takes the stock version and adds a bit of its own flare. Along with the current time, you will get the current date and upcoming alarms, as well as icons indicating missed calls, unread email and unread SMS/MMS messages. You can choose between an analog or digital clock face, and dim the screen for a "night mode" if you prefer. It's a nice improvement over the stock app, and is free to boot.

Download: Clock Plus DayDream (opens in new tab) (Free)


Flipboard was one of the first apps to integrate with the new daydream functionality, and as you would expect it does a pretty good job at it. Daydreams kind of lends itself to a slow scrolling through lots of information, something that matches up nicely with news aggregators. Flipboard will run through a random assortment of your synced articles, displaying full-screen images along with their titles and category. Tapping on the image takes you to the Flipboard app, as you would expect. This daydream chooses to leave the status bar visible but dimmed, meaning you can still see the clock and notifications.

Download: Flipboard (opens in new tab) (Free)

Clock Tower 3D

This developer (Kittehface Software) makes some of the smoothest and most creative live wallpapers out there, so it's not surprising that they started to integrate with the new daydream functionality as well. Clock Tower 3D is indeed both a live wallpaper as well as a daydream, giving you a little more bang for your buck. You basically get a view on the screen as if you were looking out from the inside of a large clock tower, with the spinning gears, beams of light and dust you would expect. There's a basic free version, but for $0.99 you can change the look of things with different clock faces, hands and several other nice visual tweaks. This isn't informational like some of the other daydreams, but it's darn nice to look at.

Download: Clock Tower 3D (opens in new tab) ($0.99)

Daydream Quotes

The app name says it all -- this app puts a random assortment of famous quotes on your screen when it is in daydream mode. You get two settings, one to choose how quickly the quotes cycle and another to choose the text size. You get a nice assortment of famous quotes and the fade animation is smooth. The app is free as you'd expect because of its simplicity, but it's definitely worth a look.

Download: Daydream Quotes (opens in new tab) (Free)

Weather DayDream Screensaver

Weather DayDream Screensaver takes a simplistic approach to displaying the weather on your phone while it's sleeping. You get a very simple display of the time and charging status, with set of weather data underneath it. Like many weather apps, you get a current weather data (and the location it's pegged to) along with a three day forecast below it. This isn't the flashiest daydream out there -- there's not even an animation (so beware of screen burn-in on some devices) -- but it's probably the cleanest weather daydream app available right now. The settings are sparse -- as in, there's only one option -- but hopefully the developer can add more options in with future updates. We're thinking this app should probably at least have a free option available until the options are improved, but it's always nice to support devs that are working with the latest features in Android.

Download: Weather DayDream Screensaver (opens in new tab) ($2.99)

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

  • The problem with Daydream is there's no way to activate it via wireless charging.
  • Of course there is. Go to settings-display-daydream and at the bottom select 'when to daydream' and either set it to while charging or both. Now it will daydream through any method of charging, including wireless charging.
  • Right, thanks - I was thinking of wireless charging more like a "dock" setting, meaning I want it to "daydream" when on the wireless charging pad but not when just plugging into a usb cable.
  • Indeed, I'm disappointed that we don't have a way to configure Daydreams to run when only charging USB (the wireless charging seems to identify itself as USB, not AC, and that's the only time I charge via USB actually), or ideally, "charging on the Nexus charging orb." You'd think they would've thought of that...? If only Llama or other condition-based task utilities could determine that it's doing this and fire off Desk Mode (aka Dock) like I can on my Amaze 4G (Sense 3.6). Then Daydreams would work. Currently I do this with HD Widgets, with a toolbar on the home and lock screens with a "Desk Mode" button, which fires off Daydreams (configured to run "when docked").
  • If you use apex or nova or other apps that can custom shortcut to activity you can activate easily just like a regular app. On Nova I create a shortcut of the activity DayDream (sonnambulator) which you can find in System UI(the one with the red jelly bean) EDIT: I didn't read "wireless charging"...
  • Beautiful widgets has a very nice day dream functionality too
  • Agreed. I was about to report this as well. I like that it has an animated background for the current conditions.
  • there's one more app you missed that's got a great daydream: beautiful widgets. It's like a combination of clock plus and weather daydream, rolled into the same, it uses beautiful widgets' awesome weather animation. It really looks great when your phone is charging at night on your nightstand. The background is black, and the text is holo-blue, so it's nice and dark so it doesn't blind you if it's dark and you're half asleep.
  • Absolutely; I love that one!
  • I use my alive video wallpaper it is gorgeous.
  • Just saw this article with Daydream and Flipboard! It's a Flipception :O
  • Beautiful Widgets is my preference!
  • Daydream is about the most useless thing I have seen come to Android in the many years I've been involved in it. This is especially true if you own a device with an AMOLED display. If you do, I STRONGLY advise you to never use this "feature." Explanation time: AMOLED displays differ from LCD's in that they do not use a backlight to emit light. The pixels themselves emit the light on an organic substrate. This is what allows AMOLED to have such deep dark blacks and rich colors. The unfortunate side effect is that the more you use your display, the more the pixels "burn out." Say you use one launcher, we'll say Nova, and it has that white ring app drawer button in the same location for months. Well after just less than 1 year of usage, you can and will see that white ring burned out in any gray/blue image. There is nothing you can do about this save for minimize screen on time usage. Now take something like Daydream into the equation. This is an always on, for several hours at times, style screen with limited motion depending on the particular daydream you use. This spells disaster for AMOLED displays. Pixels will burn out significantly faster using these daydreams and should expect ugly burned out sections on your display in as little as 2 months using this feature. If you plan on keeping your phone for 2 years or more, I advise people to avoid this feature. Thankfully most phones aren't even on 4.2 yet so it's not even possible for many AMOLED users to butcher their displays with it. Hope this helps someone out there to save their screen.
  • daydreams are screensavers. screensavers move. moving picels don't burn in. that's their entire purpose. your argument is moot, and quite frankly, a little unnecessary, since all you have to do is forget the option is there if you don't like it. it's turned off by default -.-
  • Unfortunately you are wrong lightyear420. I activated daydream on flipboard when I first got my note3. Now after two months I have the delightful ghost of the flipboard logo staring at me constantly. It is especially obvious on a white background. I would gladly "forget" the option was there if I had known it would ghost on my screen, but they don't warn you about that.
  • I've heavily used my epic 4g touch for a long time & have yet to have any burn. I've seen it on display units of the galaxy nexus... but I think it's a little hard to do.
  • Good for you man. I wouldn't get somethin just cuz they offer it anyway, what for?
  • I got my wireless charger from fasttech. It was 35$ qi standard no branding on it, probably a Chinese knock off, but works great with my Nexus 4 and the Clock plus. I would use Flipboard daydream if it let me pick which board I want to display, but it does not yet
  • OK, call me ignorant. What the heck is Daydream?
    (A link to an article on what it is would be perfect)
  • d*ck.
  • It seems to me that he gave you exactly what you asked for, AND with choices.
  • d*ck. I guess I was trying to be more interactive with the community.
  • Hey ignorant, I only know what they wrote in the article above, so i wouldnt have thought you ignorant, but ask and if its reasonable, I will oblige.
  • I came here to post Beautiful widgets
    it's awesome, very cool, and I recommend it to everyone.
  • If only some of the cool webOS Exhibition Mode apps got ported... Flixi ( for example, it contained multiple information screens which were customisable, like weather, clock, agenda, twitter, etc. And even the native webOS tablet facebook app had a cool exhibition mode, while android STILL lacks even a decent tablet optimised facebook app.
  • btw, Flixi was updated yesterday with Daydream support
  • Existing accounts -google and yahoo-have been downloded on Android 4.1 tablet M729 (no phone). cannot find either-where are they ?Help
  • Go directly to Forums,[1] Do not pass GO, do not collect $200. [1] Appropriate section for your tablet.
  • Thanks for the list! More apps to make my HTC One feel very special for me.
  • Cool, There are plenty of fantastic free apps for Android. Daydream mode is a fairly recent feature, so there aren’t as many third-party options as there are for things like Android’s home screen widgets.
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