How To Get Time Using Clocks In Xamarin Android App Using Visual Studio

Introduction

Xamarin is a platform to develop cross-platform and multi-platform apps (for example, Windows phone, Android, iOS). In Xamarin platform, the code sharing concept is used. In Xamarin Studio, Visual Studio is also available.

  1. Analog clock
  2. Digital clock
Prerequisites
  • Visual Studio 2015 Update 3.
The steps, given below are required to be followed in order to get the time, using clocks in the Xamarin Android app, using Visual Studio 2015.

Step 1

Click File--> select New--> select Project. The project needs to be clicked after opening all the types of projects in Visual Studio or click (Ctrl+Shift+N).
 

Step 2

After opening the New Project, select Installed-->Templates-->Visual C#-->Android-->choose the Blank app (Android).

Now, give your Android app a name (Ex:sample) and give the path of your project. Afterwards, click OK.
 

Step 3

Now, go to Solution Explorer. In Solution Explorer, get all the files and sources in your project. Subsequently, select Resource-->Layout-->double click to open main.axml page. To write XAML code, you need to select the source. Choose the Designer Window, if you want to design it, and you can design your app.
 

Step 4
 
After opening it,  the main.axml file will open the main page designer. You can design the page, as per your desire.
 
 
Now, delete the Default hello world button. Go to the Source Panel and you can see the button coding. You need to delete it. After deleting the XAML code, now delete C# button action code. Go to the MainActivity.cs page. You need to delete the button code.

Step 5

Now, go to the toolbox Window. In the toolbox Window, get all the types of the tools and controls. You need to go to the toolbox Window. Now, scroll down and you will see all the tools and controls. You need to drag and drop the DigitalClock.
 

Step 6


You need to drag and drop the AnalogClock.
 
 
Step 7

Now, go to the properties Window. You need to edit the DigitalClock's Id value.

(EX:android:id="@+id/digitalclock").
 
 
Step 8

You need to edit the AnalogClock's Id value.

(EX:android:id="@+id/analogclock").
 
 

Step 9 

In this step, go to the Main.axml page Source Panel. Note, the Id values and Gravity values.

Main.axml
  1. <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" android:orientation="vertical" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent">  
  2.   
  3.     <DigitalClock android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:id="@+id/digitalclock" android:gravity="center" />  
  4.   
  5.     <AnalogClock android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:id="@+id/analogclock" />  
  6.   
  7. </LinearLayout>  
 

Step 10 

In this step, go to the MainActivity.cs Page in Solution Explorer. Write the code, mentioned below, between OnCreate() Method.

MainActivity.cs
  1. protected override void OnCreate(Bundle bundle) {  
  2.     base.OnCreate(bundle);  
  3.     SetContentView(Resource.Layout.Main);  
  4.   
  5. }  

Step 11

If you have Android Virtual device, run the app on it, else connect your Android phone and run the app on it.

Simply connect your phone and go to Visual Studio. The connected phone will show up in Run menu (Ex:LENOVO A6020a40(Android 5.1-API 22)). Click Run option.
 
 
Output

After a few seconds, the app will start running on your phone.

You will see the DigitalClock and AnalogClock works successfully.
 
 

Summary

This was the process of how to get time, using clocks in Xamarin Android app, using Visual Studio 2015.