Sony has launched a new Android app called “α” CLOCK for Mobile. The app is basically a collection of World Heritage photos taken by Sony “α” cameras at various times during the day. However there is a twist, the app utilises what Sony calls its proprietary “Time-shift UI”. This allows you to view the same shot at various times of the day by vertically sliding down the time display (see the video below for a demo). Swiping the picture upwards will reveal an options menu to share the photo, read about on Wikipedia and see a map.
The pictures can also be set as the home screen wallpaper and this picture will automatically change according to what time of day it is. This will update around twelve times a day. The photos can also be set to be displayed randomly if you have more than one World Heritage site photo downloaded.
The app comes with a photo of ‘Mont Saint-Michel’ in France preinstalled so you can test it out, whilst four other World Heritage site photos can be downloaded in-app. This includes the historical area in Istanbul, Turkey; Mount Huangshan in China; Ha Long Bay in Vietnam and the Ogasawara Islands in Japan. Sony will be adding new content every fortnight, with more than 40 photos offered in total by the end.
The free app can be downloaded on the Google Play Store right now. You will need to be running at least an Android 2.2 phone as well as having 70MB of spare phone memory. The app will work on devices with display resolutions of 480 x 854 pixels or 720 x 1280 pixels, this should include most Xperia devices apart from the smaller mini and active phones. It’s a neat app and well worth a download.