Google and Apple both have tools built into their mobile operating systems to help users be aware of the time they are spending on their phones. “Digital Wellbeing” and “Screen Time”, respectively, track time spent based on app categories, allow you to set limits, and can even lock apps on your device once the limit is reached. .
Be notified as and when use
The problem with these approaches is that it remains difficult to realize the time spent on your smartphone as long as the limit is not reached. OnePlus, however, takes a new approach, with an Android app available to all users of a phone running Android 7 or newer.
Digital WellPaper (pun with “digital wallpaper”, meaning “digital background”) tracks your device usage. But, instead of sending alerts when an app is about to be locked, it features wallpapers that change colors throughout the day, depending on how the device is used. .
There are three different wallpapers, each looking completely different. As you use your phone, the colors corresponding to a category of applications become more and more present. The more prominent the color, the more time you have spent in these types of applications.
An app permanently on your smartphone
You don’t have to dig into your phone’s settings or search for a widget, your daily stats are there, displayed, day and night.
OnePlus is also launching a dedicated digital wellness website with the aim of educating users on the company’s overall approach to improving them.
According to OnePlus, Digital WellPaper won’t strain the phone’s battery, as some live wallpapers can, because the app creates a static image every time you unlock your phone.
I had the opportunity to check out the app shortly before the announcement and it seems pretty easy to use. I’ll probably install it on the Android phones I’m testing, just to see if it helps me realize that I’ve been spending too much time on Twitter or Reddit instead of putting my phone down.
Source : ZDNet.com