5 experimental Digital Wellbeing apps are released by Google
They’re available on all kinds of phones and tablets from the Pixel to OnePlus, Nokia, Huawei. However, you need to be running Android 8.0 Oreo for most of them.
Unlock Clock is a live wallpaper that counts the number of times you’ve unlocked your device in a day. When installed, you’ll find it in the Google Wallpapers app.
The large counter starts at 0 and goes up each time you unlock your phone. It’s a simple approach that can help you see how often you check your device and how much you rely on it.
When we sit together, we mean to spend quality time with friends and family, it looks awkward , when someone breaches the company and engaged with phone, and you may identify the breaker “loser” easily. We Flip app works in similar fashion. It sends alert with summary on group, leaking who broke the friendship rules. Google supports your private moments, should be without any Tech interferences. Latter on, you may enjoy your Tech.
We Flip app developed while keeping social activity like You’ve heard of people passing around a basket and collecting all phones, or stacking them on top of each other on a table, and the first person who picks up their device “loses.” This follows the same idea, but in app form. All phones need to have the app, which uses the Nearby permission to detect them. When everyone’s joined, you can flip your devices to start the session. It ends when the first person flips to check their phone.
Post Box is similar in concept to Daywise and other apps that want to help you focus and stay away from distracting alerts. It stops all notifications and bundles them together to be delivered at specific times (up to four) every day.
Next up is Morph, which is an Android launcher that shows different apps based on time of day or your location. You can set the obvious environments like work or home, but Google’s example also shows situations like “holiday” where you might want to minimize app time and be more present with others.
There are already other Android launchers that offer similar time-and-place personalization, but Google’s new experiment looks incredibly straightforward if that’s what you’re after.
The final app is another launcher with a different focus. It lets you pick only 7 apps to show, while the rest are hidden but still accessible from the top right icon. After 24 hours, you get a summary showing how well you did in focusing on these apps and how often you strayed and opened others.
Paper Phone is a pretty unique app. You use it at the start of the day to print and take with you a paper version of your phone’s crucial information — calendar, favorite contacts, tasks, weather.
Google is likely testing the waters with these strategies and seeing which ones work and where it can improve before implementing them in its main Digital Wellbeing app.
Google officially announced this experiments program as an open platform for designers and developers to submit ideas and try new things. Resources to get started are provided, plus the different apps are also open-source and available on GitHub.
Updated on 4:27 pm PKT | Mallahpost
Sources and images courtesy: Google, The verge and androidpolice