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-BoneZ-

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*** UPDATE *** Alarm Clock Xtreme has finally been updated. So try it at your own risk.


As some of you may or may not be aware, Android 6 Marshmallow now includes the "Doze" feature which puts the phone into deep sleep when not being used and unplugged. Right now at this point, the alarm app I use, Alarm Clock Extreme (I have the paid version), is not working properly. It isn't waking the phone like it's supposed to.

In doing some research, I see that alarms are supposed to call new parameters to be able to bypass "Doze", which will wake up the phone and activate the alarm.

Right now what happens is Alarm Clock Extreme doesn't wake the phone when it's unplugged and left idle all night. When I wake up to (now) another alarm for the time being, and then manually wake up my phone, only then does Alarm Clock Extreme start going off.

This is a serious issue. Most people wake up to their phones nowadays. Luckily I still have an old alarm clock that I use as backup. Four days in a row now Alarm Clock Extreme failed to produce an alarm.

I tried disabling "Doze" for Alarm Clock Extreme (which you can do in Battery Settings), but that had no effect and didn't produce an alarm.

I also went to go install another alarm from the Play Store, but other alarms that I looked at have not fixed the issue yet either according to reviews.

I have since rolled my phone back to Android 5.1.1 and Alarm Clock Extreme is working properly again.




So, if you're having problems with your alarm clock not going off on Android 6, that is why.
 
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Or use the stock clocks alarm function. As a built-in system app it works. It might not be as fancy as some custom alarm apps but it also hasn't failed me a single time.
 
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Thanks for the reply. What is the name of the system app in case it's not included in the ROM I'm using?
DeskClock. And it should be embedded in the rom or gapps you use. If you install it from Play Store it will be installed to the /data partition and then it suffers from the same problem as third party clocks. It needs to be a system app.
 

-BoneZ-

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DeskClock. And it should be embedded in the rom or gapps you use. If you install it from Play Store it will be installed to the /data partition and then it suffers from the same problem as third party clocks. It needs to be a system app.

Thank you. Hopefully this will help out others until the apps are updated. I'm kind of surprised apps aren't already updated as long as MM has been out and available to developers.
 
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Thank you. Hopefully this will help out others until the apps are updated. I'm kind of surprised apps aren't already updated as long as MM has been out and available to developers.
Actually I wonder if it would help to use the Titanium Backup function of "convert to system app" for the third party alarm apps. Could be worth trying.
 

-BoneZ-

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Actually I wonder if it would help to use the Titanium Backup function of "convert to system app" for the third party alarm apps. Could be worth trying.

I think that will only work if the app has been updated with the newer calls to bypass Doze. Still worth a try. I'll do some testing this weekend.
 

-BoneZ-

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The easiest way we found to counter this is just to plug the device in and let it charge over night. Doze is disabled when in charge mode.

I can usually use my phone for 2 days before charging most of the time. Even more so on Marshmallow since Doze definitely saves battery. Always thought it not so good on the battery to charge your phone every day if it doesn't need to be charged.

But that is an idea also. I hate being back on 5.1.1 already since MM runs so much better on our Nexus 6.
 

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I can usually use my phone for 2 days before charging most of the time. Even more so on Marshmallow since Doze definitely saves battery. Always thought it not so good on the battery to charge your phone every day if it doesn't need to be charged.

But that is an idea also. I hate being back on 5.1.1 already since MM runs so much better on our Nexus 6.
I have never had an issue with doing that. Have been charging at night for over a decade. Never saw a issue with battery. I could never last 2 days with my battery. Signal is terrible here.
 

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launch day nexus 6 on the first wave of orders from the google store ('memba when we had scripts running to alert when the page showed "in stock"? :) ) and i always keep the phone on its tylt wireless charger. the battery tells the charger when to stop charging and when to start...

anyway, stock never rooted and i use the in built alarm and that works beautifully.
 

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I use the system clock for alarm and it has worked without issues on 6.0.1. Moreover, it let's me put my phone into DND until the alarm goes off...

Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk
 

SuxaDeveloper

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As mentioned here, since android 6 marshmallow developers need to use a specific function for alarm clocks.

The alarm clock i developed works well on android 6 just like the native alarm clock only that my alarm clock has some extra features:
* A math question to dismiss in case you use to dismiss while you are sleeping. You can also choose the difficulty level of the math question.
* Set unlimited number of alarms (great for heavy sleepers who wants few alerts in a row to make sure they wake up).
* Set alarms in advance for the entire week.
* Use your own personal tone– A music file from the device or a ringtone from the android OS.
And much more

If you want to download it search in the google play "Simple alarm clock marshmallow" and download the alarm
clock of SimpleUXApss or SUXA (Colorful logo with smiling clock ).

I will be happy to here what do you think
 

electricpete1

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Thanks for the reply. What is the name of the system app in case it's not included in the ROM I'm using?

DeskClock. And it should be embedded in the rom or gapps you use. If you install it from Play Store it will be installed to the /data partition and then it suffers from the same problem as third party clocks. It needs to be a system app.
In my app drawer, it shows as "clock"
 

aiiee

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Alarm Clock Extreme was misbehaving for me in that , when on a Qi pad, Pandora ( my selected alarm is start Pandora ) would not start until I took Pandora off Doze. Now it works, even though Alarm Clock Extreme is still on Doze.
 

-BoneZ-

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Currently I'm using the stock alarm clock until Alarm Clock Extreme is updated. I've been in contact with the devs and they assure that they are working on the problem as quickly as possible.
 

ag43

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As mentioned here, since android 6 marshmallow developers need to use a specific function for alarm clocks.

The alarm clock i developed works well on android 6 just like the native alarm clock only that my alarm clock has some extra features:
* A math question to dismiss in case you use to dismiss while you are sleeping. You can also choose the difficulty level of the math question.
* Set unlimited number of alarms (great for heavy sleepers who wants few alerts in a row to make sure they wake up).
* Set alarms in advance for the entire week.
* Use your own personal tone– A music file from the device or a ringtone from the android OS.
And much more

If you want to download it search in the google play "Simple alarm clock marshmallow" and download the alarm
clock of SimpleUXApss or SUXA (Colorful logo with smiling clock ).

I will be happy to here what do you think

exactly what i was looking for! two small issues:
1. the alarm creation goes with 5 minutes gaps. can you make an option to set it to a specific time?
2. auto dismiss (without snooze) is one of the most importnat features to me. can you add an option to auto dismiss alarm after 5-15 seconds?

thanks

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there's another small issue where the clock icon appears twice in notification bar.
 
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SuxaDeveloper

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exactly what i was looking for! two small issues:
1. the alarm creation goes with 5 minutes gaps. can you make an option to set it to a specific time?
2. auto dismiss (without snooze) is one of the most importnat features to me. can you add an option to auto dismiss alarm after 5-15 seconds?

thanks

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there's another small issue where the clock icon appears twice in notification bar.

Thanks. I appreciate that.

About the 5 minutes gap. It's because 99.9% of the users sets the alarm to a minute value which divided by 5 like
7:00, 8:15, 9:30... and not to 6:03, 7:02, 8:26... So why bothering them. Maybe in the future i will let users to decide about it
but for now i have bigger improvements i want to implement so it might take some time.
 

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    As mentioned here, since android 6 marshmallow developers need to use a specific function for alarm clocks.

    The alarm clock i developed works well on android 6 just like the native alarm clock only that my alarm clock has some extra features:
    * A math question to dismiss in case you use to dismiss while you are sleeping. You can also choose the difficulty level of the math question.
    * Set unlimited number of alarms (great for heavy sleepers who wants few alerts in a row to make sure they wake up).
    * Set alarms in advance for the entire week.
    * Use your own personal tone– A music file from the device or a ringtone from the android OS.
    And much more

    If you want to download it search in the google play "Simple alarm clock marshmallow" and download the alarm
    clock of SimpleUXApss or SUXA (Colorful logo with smiling clock ).

    I will be happy to here what do you think
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    *** UPDATE *** Alarm Clock Xtreme has finally been updated. So try it at your own risk.


    As some of you may or may not be aware, Android 6 Marshmallow now includes the "Doze" feature which puts the phone into deep sleep when not being used and unplugged. Right now at this point, the alarm app I use, Alarm Clock Extreme (I have the paid version), is not working properly. It isn't waking the phone like it's supposed to.

    In doing some research, I see that alarms are supposed to call new parameters to be able to bypass "Doze", which will wake up the phone and activate the alarm.

    Right now what happens is Alarm Clock Extreme doesn't wake the phone when it's unplugged and left idle all night. When I wake up to (now) another alarm for the time being, and then manually wake up my phone, only then does Alarm Clock Extreme start going off.

    This is a serious issue. Most people wake up to their phones nowadays. Luckily I still have an old alarm clock that I use as backup. Four days in a row now Alarm Clock Extreme failed to produce an alarm.

    I tried disabling "Doze" for Alarm Clock Extreme (which you can do in Battery Settings), but that had no effect and didn't produce an alarm.

    I also went to go install another alarm from the Play Store, but other alarms that I looked at have not fixed the issue yet either according to reviews.

    I have since rolled my phone back to Android 5.1.1 and Alarm Clock Extreme is working properly again.




    So, if you're having problems with your alarm clock not going off on Android 6, that is why.
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    If you use any theme but the default, you may run into alarm issues even with using the default clock.

    I hated the color changes in the new default theme (too much white everywhere) and immediately downloaded several darker themes to try out. The first issue I noticed was that the calendar icon in the third party themes, even when using the default icon, didn't update with the date unless the phone was restarted or a new theme applied. But I soon realized that the alarms were not going off either. Some said these were issues with 6.0 that would be corrected with 6.0.1. It took me a week to get the .1 update, and a day to realize that it didn't fix the issues, while still using themes that claimed Marshmallow compatibility.

    So I'm back to the default theme for now, waiting for theme devs or whoever else to catch up so I can have something better resembling the Lollipop theme's darker hues instead of the glaring new Marshmallow white everywhere, AND have proper clock/calendar operation too.
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    If anyone cares any more, the makers of Alarm Clock Xtreme have finally pushed an update, allegedly fixing the problem with the alarm not going off when the phone is in a deep sleep.

    I've gotten used to the stock alarm clock, so have no interest in testing the update. If you do decide to test it, good luck.

    Just thought I'd update and post when a new version was released. It only took four months.