The five so-called experiments build on the company's Digital Wellbeing tools. Google launched Digital Wellbeing back at I / O 2018, a feature in Android designed by the company to help users manage their smartphone use. Today, Google has introduced five new apps — Unlock Clock, Post Box, We Flip, Desert Island, and Morph — which complement the platform in trying to get you to look less at your phone.
Unlock Clock attaches to your smartphone a live wallpaper that records the number of times your computer has been activated throughout the day. You don't have to find your way to the Virtual Wellbeing section of the Android settings menu to figure out how many times you've activated your phone out of sheer habit.
While, Post Box packs the updates together and holds them up to a specific time of the day. You may pick one, two, three or four times a day between getting the updates. They will also be organized by Post Box to make them easy to sort quickly. It seems to be the most useful of the bunch of the five apps included in this list.
We invite you to focus on each other and your friends through a game. You can all start the app together when you're in a group. Then your phones are matched with another and a timer starts. The objective is not to look at your phone as long as you can. The game ends for everyone when someone eventually unlocks your phone. At this point, in addition to the number of times anyone checked at their phones, the request would indicate how long the session lasted. It's a fun idea, but it could be hard to get people on board, because everyone wants to install the app.
Desert Island is the smartphone of an icebreaker game you probably played. You select a few apps without which you can not live and then try to spend a full day without anything else. You can try one less app the following day than you did the day before.
Finally, Morph says that Google is going to provide the exact apps at the right time. You choose the software you use most often in a certain scenario after you have downloaded the device. There are several scenarios you can set, including work, travel and creativity. Morph will then try to predict when these exact applications are going to be used.
It is interesting to see if Google includes one of these applications in the core experience in digital wellbeing. The company did a better job of pushing the platform to the wider Android ecosystem after a slow start last year. The company began mandating manufacturers to include a platform on their phones earlier this month, if they ship 9 Pie or later with Android.