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Know how Google’s Envelope helps smartphone users undergo Digital Detox

Google Envelope transforms your smartphone in to a very basic handset.

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In today’s world, technology is the lens through which we see the world. However, the excessive use of technology can often debar you from reaching your desired goals successfully. Worry not, Google is out with an amazing ‘Envelope’ under its ‘Well-Being Project’ that help you enhance productivity and find a balance with technology. The two phone-sized special paper envelope created by Special Projects transforms the functionality of your smartphone for the time it is sealed inside.

Using the first envelope by Google, you can change your smartphone in to a very basic handset. All that it allows you to do is:

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  • You can make and receive calls
  • You can speed-dial your favourite number
  • You can access the clock to know the time

On the contrary, the other envelope created under Google’s Well-Being project turns your smartphone into a photo and video camera. However, you will unable to see the screen till the time you device is sealed inside the envelope.

“We were inspired by a recent trend where people purchase a second, simpler phone for holidays and weekends, as a way of limiting their access to technology. We wanted to create a more accessible version of this, which would enable people to try a day without a phone without committing to purchasing a new device,” as per a blog post by Special Projects on ‘Experiments with Google‘.

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Google has also revealed that “You can download the app on the Play Store, and all the code is available on Github.”

Google’s aim to help you to focus on what’s in front of you by removing distractions from your life for a little while so that you successfully experience a digital detox.

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Besides this, Google has also created an Activity Bubbles activity that allows you to find out what your phone usage looks like in a day. Wondering how it work? Well, each unlock creates a new bubble. The longer you stay on your phone the bigger the bubble grows.

Interestingly, Google’s Well-Being project has also shared an interesting Screen Stopwatch. This stopwatch tells you how much time you spend on your phone each day. Each time you unlock your phone, the stopwatch continues to count.

Let us know how you experience digital detox in the comments section below.

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