One of the new features demonstrated on Android Pie during the Google I/O was the Digital Wellbeing app, which allowed users to monitor the amount of time they spend on their smartphones. While it wasnt included in the release of Android Pie for Pixel handsets, Google is allowing Pixel users with Android Pie to sign up for the beta for the Digital Wellbeing.
Both Google and Apple started working on this functionality in their latest versions of Android and iOS, after experts and analysts challenged the companies to rectify "smartphone addiction."
Google's approach aims to combat this through four sections:
- Dashboard - this gives you a quick rundown on how long you use your phone (computed hourly or daily), and which apps have taken up most of your time. It also tallies the number of notifications you've received and the number of times you've unlocked your phone.
- App Timer - Digital Wellbeing allows you to cap the amount of time you use an app on a given day. App Timer tells you when all of the time you've allotted for a particular app has been used up. When this occurs, the app's icon is "grayed out" on your screen, although it still can be opened.
- Do Not Disturb - the Do Not Disturb feature now blocks out visual notifications in addition to audio alerts. You won't know that you've received a notification until you disable the feature.
- Wind Down - perfect for those who can't get to sleep because they are scrolling through all of the latest tweets. With this feature enabled, you can set a time at which the Night Light and Do Not Disturb features are turned on, and the screen turns to grayscale.
If you have a Pixel device, you've updated to Android Pie, you can sign up for the Digital Wellbeing beta following the link below.
source - Google
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