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Android Sets Sights on User Wellbeing

Olivia Long - November 25, 2018 - 03:33 PM
Android Sets Sights on User Wellbeing
Google has introduced a feature targeting improving the wellbeing of Android users.

(CCM) — Following in the footsteps of Apple's iOS 12, with its Screen Time feature, Google has released a wellbeing feature for Android users. Coined Digital Wellbeing, the feature has been designed to allow users to track how long they spend using each application, how frequently they unlock their device, and more.


All information collected by Digital Wellbeing is presented in a dashboard featuring a list of applications accompanied by the minutes that the user has spent on each. Users can also take this awareness one step further and set timers for select apps to limit the time that they spend using them. Also included in the app are a Do Not Disturb feature, which allows users to silence pop-up notifications and Wind Down, which prepares users for restful sleep by switching the device to grayscale and activating Do Not Disturb.

Explaining the motivation behind the app's creation, a Google spokesperson said: "While much of the time we spend on our phones is useful, many of us wish we could disconnect more easily and free up time for other things. In fact, over 70% of people we talked to in our research said they want more help with this. So we’ve been working to add key capabilities right into Android to help people achieve the balance with technology they’re looking for."

The function was originally included as a beta version in the Android Pie 9 software and was only available on Pixel devices and the Essential phone. It has since rolled out in a full version on all Google Pixel and Android One devices.

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