Google launches apps to track phone usage

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In recent news, Google has launched a series of apps through the Android phone to help users spend less time on their phones. The apps launched by Google are a part of the company’s ongoing Digital Wellbeing effort which promotes healthy phone habits.

The first app that was released by Google is called “Unlock Clock”. According to the play store, “Unlock Clock helps you consider your tech usage, by counting and displaying the number of times you unlock your phone in a day.” The app allows the number of times you unlock your phone in a day to be highlighted through a wallpaper where users constantly see the number every time they use their phone.

The second app that was released by Google is called “Post Box”. This app was created to rethink how individuals receive notifications through their phones. Instead of allowing the phone to constantly send notifications to the user, the app allows you to choose a time when you can see all of your notifications at once.

The third app that was released by Google is called “Morph”. The app acts as a folder for apps based on the time of day and situation you are in. If you are at work, you can choose to only be shown apps that you use at work until you leave the office for the day. Google shows an example called “holiday” where it limits all of your app time so you can be more present with others!

The fourth app that was released by Google is called “We Flip”. The app allows users within a room to join the same session which counts the amount of time everyone in the session goes without using their phones. The app is meant to promote spending time with family and friends away from technology and off of your devices.

The fifth and final app that was released by Google is called “Desert Island”. The app was designed to help you focus on only the essential apps you need for a particular day. The app allows you to pick essential apps you need for the day, and then starts a 24-hour period where you can only access those select apps.

In my opinion, I think this is a great initiative from Google and I honestly wish they had these apps on the iPhone. I always think about phones and how much time I spend on it and having these apps on my iPhone would be extremely beneficial. We live in a society where the majority of people are always connected to their phones and these apps can truly help people who are addicted to their phones or just need to take a break to become more productive throughout the day.

 

https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/23/20928613/google-digital-wellbeing-experiments-unlock-clock-we-flip-morph-post-box-desert-island

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