The Digital Wellbeing app from Google is a good tool to attempt to bring some sort of balance to your digital life, and while previously access has been limited, it’s now officially available to Android One devices on Android 9.
The update has been made to the Google Play Store entry for Digital Wellbeing with the ‘What’s New’ section now reading (emphasis is ours):
To try the new features, you must be a Beta tester and have a Google Pixel or Android One phone with Android 9 Pie.
The updated availability was also noted by HMD Global Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas on his Twitter account, saying that the Digital Wellbeing app is now available for the Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 6 Plus, with more devices getting Pie soon
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) October 20, 2018
Digital Wellbeing was announced at Google I/O earlier this year, offering a way for people to use their phone less by utilising self-imposed time limits on apps, as well as setting a ‘shutdown’ period where the screen would fade to greyscale which is based on a proposal published by Lifehacker by former Design Ethicist at Google and founder of the non-profit Time Well Spent, Tristan Harris.
Digital Wellbeing is pretty great in practice, and expansion to other devices is great, but to really achieve a broad effect it needs to be released to more devices. Here’s hoping Google does that sooner rather than later.