Three new apps added to a growing collection.
Last October, Google has started rolling out new experimental apps that focus on digital wellbeing. The primary aim is to help users be less dependent on their smartphones and use them less. Today, Google is releasing three new apps under the ‘Experiments with Google’ collection.
Envelope is an app that’s currently only compatible with the Pixel 3a. You can use Envelope to make your phone a ‘simpler and calmer’ device. How? By printing a PDF that folds into an envelope and then place your phone inside. The aim here is that you can only use the smartphone for basic things like calls or telling the time, and Envelope will tell you how long you’ve managed to do it.
Activity Bubbles is basically a live wallpaper than contains, well, bubbles. Each time you unlock your smartphone a new bubble will drop on the wallpaper screen. The more you unlock, the more bubbles grow and fill up the screen. This should give you an idea of how much you unlock your smartphone, a way for you to gauge how addicted you are to it.
Last is Screen Stopwatch, an app that puts a stopwatch as a wallpaper on your device. It will start running every time you use your smartphone, giving you a precise overview on how much time you spend on your device.
All of these apps can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. You can check out more apps by visiting Digital Wellbeing Experiments.