Google’s upcoming update for its Android OS platform is currently being called Android Q and it will bring a series of major changes over the current Android Pie Operating System. Earlier this month, Google had released a beta version of its upcoming Android OS, which showcased some of the features the next iteration of the Android will have. But there are many changes and features that are hidden from the users and those features haven’t been made public yet. But the recent discovery about the new Android update shows that Google is testing Digital Wellbeing integration with the Pixel Launcher in Android Q.
Digital Wellbeing is a feature, which helps the user monitor their app usage habits so they are able to see which app they are using the most and spending most of their time on. It was first introduced earlier in Android 9.0 Pie last year.
This feature in Android Q was first noticed by Quinny899, a member of XDA developer. Currently, in the beta version of the Android Q the Digital Wellbeing features is not enabled from the start as it has to be specially activated. But the feature is not easy to find in the beta build of the upcoming Android OS. With this feature turned on, the users will be able to ‘pause’ an app directly from the home screen. It means that the users can pause the working of an app directly from the home screen itself rather than setting up timers for the app.
The new feature of Android Q was able to work on a Pixel 2 XL. To use it, the users simply have to long-press an app from within the Pixel Launcher. The long-press will give a pop-up option in the contextual menu, which will read ‘pause the app’. Once the app is paused, its icon will turn grey. Although this might not be the final version of the Digital Wellbeing integration coming to the Android Q, but it will definitely give the users more access and control over their app and their smartphone usage habits.
Currently, the Digital Wellbeing feature gives the users access to set app timers from the Digital Wellbeing menu, the app timers functions as its name suggests. It stops or disables a particular app when the app usage reaches the set timer so the users don’t spend more time than they intend to.
More news about the Android Q is expected to be announced by the California-based tech firm, Google at its I/O 2019 event scheduled to start on May 7.
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