Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Android Digital Wellbeing: Google’s Plan for Limiting Screen Time on Android Phones

Android 9 Pie

Why Android Digital Wellbeing could be helpful for you

How much time do you spend on your phone each day? 1 hr, 4hrs or maybe even 6, maybe for some it is even more. For some it maybe a need to use their phones almost constantly for work or otherwise and for some of us…… Phones have become an addiction, there’s no beating around the bush with that. We spend endless hours on our phones doing nothing productive. Google’s android digital wellbeing is a step in the right direction.

Apple’s screen time and Google’s digital wellbeing all seem aimed at one thing- to reduce the time we spend on our phones and to get in touch with life. Both these apps are geared at getting an individual back on track when it comes to living life off the phone.

What does Google’s Android Digital Wellbeing do? 


Apple’s screen time allows users to monitor the time they spend on particular apps and even to set limits on their app patrolling a day. Gradually even Facebook and Instagram have introduced this feature to dissuade users from spending endless amounts on their accounts in a day.

Almost all of the above have introduced a dashboard where you can not only monitor the time spent on your app but also set limits for each activity and snooze notifications to get a better hold on your digital life.

Google’s android digital wellbeing is similar to the above with a few interface differences.

Launched with Android Pie or 9 however you wish to call it, android digital wellbeing seems to be a better approach to our digital wellbeing. But of- course nothing can be said immediately as it is only on beta as of now.

All about studies in using phones: 


Studies have shown that adolescents that spend inordinate amounts of time on their phones are likely to be more susceptible to mental health issues such as depression and suicide risk.

Android digital wellbeing is all about reducing the time we spend on our phones. Android digital wellbeing shows our phone usage as a pie chart showing you how much time you spend on your phone in general in the centre and divided by the time you spend on individual apps. Down below, the android digital wellbeing app, you get to see how many times you’ve unlocked your phone in a day and how many times in the day you have received notifications.

But that’s not all with android digital wellbeing, Google plans on making your interactions more fruitful and productive so that you spend less time on your phone.

Making android more productive with Android Digital Wellbeing: 


A part of making your interactions smoother and faster with android digital wellbeing, is by using gestures instead of the norm.

Android pie is all about gestures instead of the normal home, back and most used apps button. It may take a little time for users to figure out, especially if users are more familiar with the old way.

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