21 November 2018
Google has now released Android Pie's Digital Wellbeing functionality as a stand-alone app on the Play Store. It can be downloaded by anyone as long as that person has a Pixel device running the latest Android version. This new move seems to have been made to smoothen the beta testing process where Google can now release minor updates as well instead of waiting for the full system update.
Other than this, the app also makes it possible for anyone to be a beta tester. Previously, one had to wait for an email with the invitation to try out the beta version. It means it is a decision which is beneficial for both the users want to try out the beta version and also for Google which is looking for as many testers as possible.
For the uninitiated ones, Digital Wellbeing is one of the best Android Pie features and helps users in keeping a check on their smartphone usage habits. It has a dashboard where it shows interesting insights revealing what apps a user has been using and for how long. This way, they can see if they are spending too much time on a particular app. There is obviously the option for setting a lock and even set a time limit so that you don't keep using an app all or most of the time.
Google has plans for bringing this feature to all Android Pie running devices but for the time being, the beta testing is limited only to Pixel users. If you don't have one, the best you can do is to keep waiting until Google expands it to cover your particular device.
- Digital Wellbeing | Android | Google Play Store, Free