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Ultimate Stopwatch and Timer for Android

You find hundreds of stopwatches and timers in the Android store over at Google Play and it can be quite difficult to find the best for your purposes. Ultimate Stopwatch & Timer has been in the store for a long time, and it is without doubt one of the most popular apps in the stopwatch niche.

The developer of the application, Rich Hyndman, has released a public beta version of the app yesterday that introduces a new design that improves the visual appeal of the application a lot.

The beta release is not yet available in the Android store, and you find downloads of it linked from the Google+ post the author made about the launch. Just download the Android apk file that is linked in the article and run it afterwards on your phone to install the new version of Ultimate Stopwatch & Timer on it.

The new interface looks like this.

ultimate stopwatch timer

The program loads the stopwatch interface by default, and tabs at the top are available to switch to the countdown timer and lap times page instead.

To use the stopwatch you simply tap on the start button to do so. The time is now tracked and you can use the buttons at the bottom of the screen to pause the time taking, reset it, or add the current time to the lap times listing. You can switch to the lap times tab at any time to look at the times you have previously recorded here.

The countdown tap finally acts as a countdown timer that you can use to count from a specified amount of time down to zero. The maximum is 99 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds which should be sufficient for the majority of purposes.

countdown timer

You can tap on the screen to pause the countdown timer or stopwatch at any time. Alerts can be configured that notify you when a countdown has ended.

You find the previous version of the application on the Android store from where you can download it. It is not clear when the new beta version will be officially added to the store. (via)


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  1. DanTe said on January 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I like this one – no intrusive permissions required.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      I do not touch apps usually that demand permissions that do not seem relevant for the apps’ functionality.

  2. mazling said on January 5, 2013 at 4:33 am

    I’m the same. The app permissions system is a plus for android, but the permissions are a bit ‘coarse’ so I’ve read and tend to agree. ‘Read phone state and identity’ permission for a game to uniquely identify a person so their highscore can be verified sounds pretty scary, probably far more than it is.
    Reading around is always a good thing ;)

  3. Jojo said on January 5, 2013 at 6:21 am

    I wish Android would allow me to select the permissions I want to allow. Then the app would have the choice to say I can’t work with what you want to allocate to me or it could say that it doesn’t really need all those permissions, so yes, it will accept the limitations I impose.

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