WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Google has recently launched new apps designed to help reduce smartphone use called Digital Wellbeing Experiments.
- Three of the five apps launched are Envelope, Activity Bubbles and Screen Stopwatch.
- One of the apps tracks how long you went between phone unlocks and there’s one that lets you print the information you needed from your phone for the day so you wouldn’t have to use your phone, to name a few.
Google released five experimental digital wellbeing apps on the Play Store in October last year. These apps are designed to help users use their phones less. The tech giant has now added three new apps to its “Experiments with Google” collection. These are the Envelope, Activity Bubbles and Screen Stopwatch.
Currently, the new Envelope app is compatible only with the Pixel 3a. With the Pixel 3a, you can use Envelope to “transform your phone into a simpler, calmer device.” To do that, however, you will first have to print out a PDF and then fold it into an envelope. Once you seal your Pixel 3a inside the envelope, you will only be able to use it for phone calls and taking photos with the camera.
The Activity Bubbles app has been created to help users realize what their phone usage looks like. Each time you unlock your phone, a new bubble will be added to your wallpaper. The more you unlock and use your phone, the bigger the bubbles grow.
As its name suggests, the Screen Stopwatch app allows you to easily discover exactly how much time you spend on your phone every day. It’s very similar to the Unlock Clock app that Google launched last year, although instead of showing you how many times you unlock your phone in a day, Screen Stopwatch will show you the total phone usage each day.
Source: Android Central