In the sequel to Google’s digital well-being initiative, last October Google launched five experimental apps on Play Store. The objective of all those digital well-being apps is to reduce the usage of the phone. Following that, Google releases another three apps to the series- “Experiment with Google”.
All three new additions to the series are very user engaging and relateable to users’ mobile addiction. The trio is Envelope, Active Bubbles and Screen Stopwatch.
Envelope involves you into a little art and craft. To use this app you have to print out the envelope PDF and make an envelope that can afford our Pixel 3a phone. Unfortunately, the Envelope app is compatible with only Pixel 3a currently. Once you make the envelope with the printed PDF you can keep your phone inside it. After that, you can use your phone only for phones call and snap your favorite pics with the camera.
Active Bubbles visualizes phone usage with a pile of bubbles as you unlock your phones. Each time you unlock your screen more bubbles will get added. This helps the users to understand the number of times they unlock their phone screens.
Screen Stopwatch is working almost similar to Active Bubble. Its basic instinct is to inform total screen time the user. The difference is instead of the bubbles in Screen Stopwatch the time will be displayed as wallpaper. These three apps are free to download from the play store.