Along with Android Pie, Google also introduced Digital Wellbeing which is aimed at making users aware of their usage habits. It is similar to Apple’s version of Screen Time which it introduced with iOS 12. With Screen Time and Digital Wellbeing features, one could prevent excessive use of a smartphone, and bring down addiction. The feature was in beta and anyone with a Pixel device, and lately an Android One device, could access it. Available in the form of an app, it is now out of beta. Also Read - Google and Qualcomm invest $230 million in HMD GlobalAlso Read - Android phones can now detect and warn of earthquakes anywhere, except for China
Some minor changes include improvements to the app’s back button behavior and more options to the Wind Down feature. The new update allows users to turn off Wind Down at a predefined time or when the alarm goes off. Other than that, there are no significant changes to the app’s interface. Also Read - Google People Cards feature lets users create virtual visiting cards; India the first market to get it
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Do note that Android Pie is a requirement for any compatible device to run Digital Wellbeing. The app is pretty simple to use. The dashboard gives users an infographic of how much time they spent on the different kinds of apps for a specific day. Users can view data for different time periods and even see the number of notifications from a particular app. Once a user has found out something that needs to be in check, the Wellbeing app allows them to set timers that restrict usage after a predetermined time.
There’s also DND Mode that allows aggressive control of notifications to help you concentrate on what matters most. And lastly, there’s Wind Down that kicks in when you want to sleep. That’s Digital Wellbeing, you can download the app from the Play Store if you haven’t given it a try.