Google wants to reduce your smartphone addiction with these apps
Google’s Digital Wellbeing feature has been around for a while now. The company rolled it out with last year’s Android update — Android 9.0 Pie. Now, the internet search giant has unveiled six new apps under the ‘digital well-being experiment’ for Android.
In its experiments with Google webpage, Google explains that each experiment app has been designed keeping in mind that each user behaves differently. “Where one person might get easily distracted by notifications, others might find it difficult to disconnect as a group.” It has also given the option to users to create their own experiments and made available the Hack Pack PDF and open source code to help kickstart projects. Here is a look at the six apps Google has made available:
Unlock Clock Unlock Clock is claimed to help users track how many times they have unlocked their handsets through a live wallpaper that maintains a count and displays the number of times you unlock your phone in a day.
Post Box Post Box is claimed to help users minimize distractions by holding notifications until a time that suits you. This suitable time can be chosen by users at which all the notifications will appear at once in an organized way — clubbing all type off notifications together in categories such as music, messages, maps and more.
We Flip We Flip is claimed to help users ditch their handsets along with a group of people who do engage in this app together. Once everyone joins in, users can flip the switch together to begin their session.
Paper Phone Paper Phone is claimed to help users break away from technology by printing a personal booklet of the key information that they may need that day. This will include favorite contacts, maps and meetings and more.
Desert Island Desert Island is claimed to help users find their focus by showing users only their essential apps. Users can select their own essential apps and the session will go on for 24 hours.
Morph is claimed to adapt users’ phone to what they are doing. It works by selecting how the users spend their time and choosing apps that they use during that time. Based on time or place, the phone is said to automatically adapt and give its users right apps at a specific time.
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