Android is Google’s mobile operating platform that is harnessed across the world.


In fact, most smartphones that are not made by Apple Inc run Android.


The operating system saw its newest version, 9 Pie, release in August that added a host of new aesthetic and functional changes to users.


Initially the software only arrived on Pixel devices and the Essential phone but has since landed on a number of other hardware from Sony, OnePlus and Huawei.




One of the biggest features discussed by Google during the reveal of Android 9 Pie was a new tool dubbed Digital Wellbeing that attempts to make users more aware of how much time they spend on their devices.


Essentially, the software tracks how many minutes users spend on each application, how many times they unlock their device and more.


All data is displayed through the Digital Wellbeing toggle in the settings menu.


Explaining the tool, Google said: “While much of the time we spend on our phones is useful, many of us wish we could disconnect more easily and free up time for other things.




“In fact, over 70 percent of people we talked to in our research said they want more help with this. So we’ve been working to add key capabilities right into Android to help people achieve the balance with technology they’re looking for.


“At Google I/O in May, we previewed some of these Digital Wellbeing features for Android, including a new Dashboard that helps you understand how you’re spending time on your device; an App Timer that lets you set time limits on apps and grays out the icon on your home screen when the time is up; the new Do Not Disturb, which silences all the visual interruptions that pop up on your screen; and Wind Down, which switches on Night Light and Do Not Disturb and fades the screen to grayscale before bedtime.”


Although the feature was discussed in detail during the reveal of Android 9 Pie, the functionality did not launch with the software.


Instead, a beta version for Digital Wellbeing was available on Pixel devices that did not provide users with the entirely of the tool’s promised functionality.




But now the feature has come out of its beta mode and is now available in its full-form for all Google Pixel and Android One hardware.


The most notable difference between the beta version of Digital Wellbeing and its full version is the implementation of what Google is calling a “dashboard”.


This screen presents users with a list of applications and details the amount of minutes that have been spent on each.


Most importantly, it also allows Android fans to set timers for certain apps, similar to iOS 12’s Screen Time feature.




Wind Down is another new feature that attempts to help users use their smartphones less before they go to bed.


The feature will turn on Do Not Disturb, meaning notifications will be limited, and it will turn on a Grayscale toggle, meaning the user’s display will be presented in black and white.


Although Digital Wellbeing appears to be limited to just Android One and Pixel devices at the moment, Google has declared the functionality will come to “other devices” too.


However, it is unknown when all Android owners will be able to take advantage of the handy tool.






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