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Family Link lets parent set up per-app time limits and add bonus time before bed

Google Family Link allows parents to administer their children's devices, granularly controlling which apps they can install, how much time they can spend on their phones, and when it's time to put their tech down before bed. In an update to the service, Google has introduced new options, now letting parents set up per-app time limits and add bonus time before the nightly shutdown.

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Android adds Focus mode in Digital Wellbeing to curb distractions when you're working [APK Download]

Digital Wellbeing's features are being heavily emphasized since Android Pie. During I/O 2019, Google announced several enhancements to the embedded service including parental controls (which are already live), per-app grayscale settings (not yet), and Focus mode. The latter is now available in the latest Digital Wellbeing beta v.1.0.263.

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[Update: Now official, OnePlus 7 too] New Android Q Developer Preview silently appears for OnePlus 7 Pro

Over the weekend, OnePlus appears to have silently (accidentally?) rolled out its next Android Q Developer Preview for the OnePlus 7 Pro. Among the included features are new "super macro" and focus tracking settings for the camera, Digital Wellbeing, configurable Zen Mode duration, and new options for gesture navigation. Although the previous Developer Preview 3 landed for the OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, 6, and 6T all at once, for now only the 7 Pro appears to have Developer Preview 4 early.

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Digital Wellbeing integrates with Chrome Canary to enable website usage limits

There have been previous reports that Digital Wellbeing would be coming to Chrome in Android Q, and we now know what this integration is going to look like. The least stable of the publicly available Chrome builds is the Canary channel and a recent update has added a flag that allows sharing of usage stats with the Digital Wellbeing app and also allows limits for individual sites.

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OnePlus tries very hard to rationalize why Zen Mode works the way it does

Smartphones have been out for way longer than the so-called "Digital Wellbeing" features that have been created to limit the screen-centered habits we've developed over many years. It'll take some convincing for consumers to willingly kick those patterns and it appears that's exactly what OnePlus is trying to do in promoting and explaining the convictions (or lack thereof) of its recently-introduced the Zen Mode app.

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Android Q's parental controls are going live with latest Digital Wellbeing beta [APK Download]

During its I/O press conference, Google announced several improvements to Digital Wellbeing including a tight integration with Family Link, enabling parents to set screen and app usage limitations for their children's devices. The feature was said to be coming in Android Q, but we hadn't yet seen it in any beta release. With today's update to Digital Wellbeing, the integration appears to be going live.

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ActionDash 3.0 beats Google's Digital Wellbeing to adding a 'focus mode,' plus other improvements

ActionDash, the app from Chris Lacy (developer of Action Launcher), has recently reached v3.0, delivering even more Digital Wellbeing-like features to older or unsupported phones. A handful of big new features come with this major version update: Focus mode, app usage limits, and a persistent notification called Usage Assistant that provides ongoing stats. ActionDash 3.0 also brings a fully black dark theme, support for Android Q's dark theme system toggle, and non-premium users can now enjoy the dark gray theme.

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OnePlus shares more about always-on display, ultra-wide video recording for 7 Pro, plus other OxygenOS improvements

In addition to providing fast and frequent updates, OnePlus is becoming one of the most communicative Android phone manufacturers: It's actually hearing and responding to requests for new features. Back in May, the company spoke out about reported issues and a handful of community requests for the 7 Pro — things like wide-angle video support, and an always-on display — and today it's providing further updates about those requests, as well as others.

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[Update: Downloads] New Open Beta for OnePlus 5/5T, 6/6T brings Digital Wellbeing, Fnatic mode, and the June patch

June is already almost half over, but that hasn't stopped OnePlus from pushing out new Open Betas for its past devices. Both the 5 and 6 family just received Digital Wellbeing, the June patch, and OnePlus' Fnatic mode.

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Android Q's Recents screen highlights apps that are about to be paused by Digital Wellbeing

Changes are afoot with Digital Wellbeing. In the past few weeks, we've seen Google confirm that the service doesn't affect the performance of Pixel devices, but more importantly, we've also spotted a new day selector for Wind Down mode and a pause button integrated in the launcher's app shortcuts and Recents. It's this latter aspect that has been improved further in Android Q Beta 4. Now, the app switcher will tell you when an app you've been using is about to be paused by Digital Wellbeing.

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