Google wants you to spend less time on its phones (sure it does)
Google wants smartphone users to spend less time on their devices. Google also makes a lot of money off the people who use their devices.
This is a dilemma for sure, but one that seems has gone over the head of Google – which has just released three new apps that you need to install on your phone (which makes Google money).
These three new applications are supposed to shock people into putting down their devices – by showing them just how much time they spend on their handsets (note: Google will not disable you using the device, only tell you how long you use the device).
The first is called Screen Stopwatch which is effectively a wallpaper that looks like a stopwatch and tracks how much time you spend on your unlocked device.
Activity Bubbles is basically the same as the stopwatch but will show you the length of time spent on the device as graphical bubbles.
Envelope is the final experimental app, and also the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen.
It lets you print out a smartphone-sized envelope out of paper, that you put your phone inside which changes the functionality of your phone. The envelope has buttons printed on one side, along with accept and decline buttons. Effectively, it turns your smart phone in to a dumb phone by not letting you see the screen…
It’s the “technology” equivalent of going and putting your phone in another room.
All these apps are available right now from your relevant app stores.