Google Launches New Digital Health Experiments to Help You Use Your Phone Less

Posted on October 23, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Google, Android with 5 Comments

Google is launching a new project called Digital Wellbeing Experiments that are designed to help users use their phone less. The company is launching a total of six different apps as part of the project, and they are all designed in a pretty unique and fun way to help you use your phone less.

“Today, in support of our efforts to extend our best practices to the community, we’re launching Digital Wellbeing Experiments—a platform to encourage designers and developers to build digital wellbeing into their products,” the company said.

Okay, let’s talk about these experiments.

Paper Phone is an interesting app for your Android device that essentially prints off important stuff from your phone, including things like your contacts, your events, your tasks, etc. into a paper that you can use instead of your actual phone:

Then there is Unlock Clock, a simple Live Wallpaper for Android that keeps track of how many times you unlock your phone in a day and shows it as a wallpaper.

Post Box introduces a new idea for notifications — you choose how often your notifications get delivered, and Post Box will deliver all your notifications depending on your preferred schedule, so you can focus on your work and don’t get distracted by all the pointless Instagram notifications.

We Flip brings your friends and family together, essentially allowing you to start a “life session” where you can simply disable access to each of your phones as part of a group and focus on your life. Whenever someone unlocks their phone, the entire session will end and you can shame whoever that’s decided to take a peek at their Twitter timeline.

Dessert Island is kind of similar to Post Box, where you get to choose what apps are the most important to you and challenge yourself to go a day without all the other apps on your phone.

And last but not least, there Morph, an app that adapts your phone depending on the time of the day. It will show you the relevant apps for your work, or when you are working out, for example.

All these apps are really cool, and they use existing APIs and SDKs that are already available on Android. The code behind all these experiments are open-sourced, too, so other developers can come in and nake their own experiments designed to help users use their phone less.

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5 responses to “Google Launches New Digital Health Experiments to Help You Use Your Phone Less”

  1. bluvg

    Dessert Island: "go a day without all the other apps" and eat cake and candy all day! :)

  2. Tiny

    Future Google Graveyard items?

  3. robincapper

    I still use Nokia's Z Launcher, no longer in the store, which does what Morph promises but automatically. It learnt I use a radio app first thing in the morning so it is on top of the dynamic home page which has 6 apps. Over the day it disappears (but is only a letter swipe r away) replaced by the Kindle app I use at lunch. Other frequently used apps like Facebook etc bubble up (based on use) and another 4 apps can be permanently pinned. By far the best launcher I have used and sad nobody has matched it.

  4. Eric Dunbar

    " in a pretty unique and fun way to help you use your phone less."

    Umm. Umm. Umm. Isn't that the whole problem in the first place? Apps are designed to be fun?!