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Digital Wellbeing tool that saves you from walking into a pole is rolling out to more devices

Digital Wellbeing tool that saves you from walking into a pole is rolling out to more devices

Digital Wellbeing on Android was already looking after your mental health. Now it's also taking care of your physical wellbeing with its latest feature, Heads Up. It was first made available exclusively to Pixel owners, but it's now rolling out to more Android phones.

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June's Pixel Feature Drop is here, and there's more new stuff than we expected

June's Pixel Feature Drop is here, and there's more new stuff than we expected

It's June, and that means a few things: Nice weather, Pride Month, gardening, donut day, and the latest Pixel Feature Drop update. This month we're getting several new features: previously leaked long-exposure Night Sight videos for animated astrophotography, the debut of the Locked Folder feature for Google Photos, a new Heads Up feature for Digital Wellbeing that leaked last year to help pedestrians, Assistant-based voice controls for answering or rejecting calls, a new Gboard feature to pull details like phone numbers or URLs from bigger chunks of text in your clipboard, and an expansion of car crash detection. Recorder and Call Screen are also coming to more markets and languages, plus a set of new Pride-themed ringtones and backgrounds.

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Digital Wellbeing is so frustrating that I wish it were more like iOS Screen Time

Digital Wellbeing is so frustrating that I wish it were more like iOS Screen Time

I find myself doomscrolling on Twitter more often than I’d like to admit, so I've implemented a program to cut down my phone usage, involving some self-discipline and Android’s Digital Wellbeing tools. So far, that effort's proven fruitful, but every time an app timer runs out, the ensuing pop-up makes me furious at how inconsiderate Android's system is by design — and leaves me wishing it were more like iOS’s alternative.

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Your Google Pixel could save you from being run over

Your Google Pixel could save you from being run over

Over the last couple of years, Google has delivered a bunch of features for keeping your health, safety, and wellness in check as part of Digital Wellbeing. The tool originally designed to limit the time you spend on your phone is now picking up another capability that will warn you if you use your phone while walking.

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Samsung Clock gets bedtime mode with Digital Wellbeing integration (APK Download)

Samsung Clock gets bedtime mode with Digital Wellbeing integration (APK Download)

Samsung has been updating a lot of its apps recently, adding plenty of new features and further refining the software experience it offers. The latest such update is for the One UI Clock app, which has picked up a new bedtime mode that helps keep track of your sleep patterns and integrates with Digital Wellbeing.

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Mind Leak shows you the stupid face you make when you doomscroll

Mind Leak shows you the stupid face you make when you doomscroll

You're probably familiar with Digital Wellbeing and the likes from other manufacturers, but these tools are generally pretty restrictive. They set hard limits on how long you can use an app, and if you do happen to have to access an app that you've restricted, you'll have to jump into system settings first. For those who just need a nudge to be more mindful with their time, the newly released Mind Leak app might be the better tool. It monitors your app usage and shows you a lovely live view of your face or memes to remind you that you probably have better things to do than doomscrolling on Twitter or mindlessly swiping through TikTok.

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Digital Wellbeing might soon help with physical wellbeing when you text while walking

Digital Wellbeing might soon help with physical wellbeing when you text while walking

Google's Digital Wellbeing mostly focuses on helping people get a healthier relationship with their phones, warning them when they're staring on their screen for too long or subtly hinting when it's time to wind down for the night. It looks like Google might soon expand that to ensure your physical wellbeing, too. XDA Developers' Mishaal Rahman discovered that the company is working on a feature that warns you to stop using your phone while you're walking.

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Here's what Ratio needs to become a more perfect minimalist launcher

Here's what Ratio needs to become a more perfect minimalist launcher

You know how you use your smartphone, right? Well if you thought "too much," you're not alone. There are plenty of apps out there that claim to help you curb the urges and one of them is called Ratio — it's a launcher or home screen replacement for Android (it's actually more than that in some cases) that's meant to recompartmentalize how you access and consume the things on your phone. But will it help you cut down on your screen time? Well, it turns out that I'm the completely wrong type of person to tackle that question.

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Digital Wellbeing's bedtime mode tests disabling always-on display

Digital Wellbeing's bedtime mode tests disabling always-on display

Google made some changes to how Digital Wellbeing's "bedtime mode" works back in April, renaming it from Wind Down and adding a "while charging at bedtime" setting. But the company is not done tweaking things, as we've spotted a few new changes, like the option to turn off the always-on display in bedtime mode, and some tweaks to the "while charging at bedtime" notification.

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Here are 3 new things your Android phone can do

Here are 3 new things your Android phone can do

Android is doing its darndest to become a better OS update by update — even beyond the actual OS upgrades. New pushes to Google Play Services and apps will improve how people reach emergency services, get them to bed, and bring the world clearer and closer to those with vision loss.

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