In Android Q, Google’s “digital wellness” features will be extended to the Chrome browser to allow users to limit time spent surfing the web, or even specific sites. The feature was spotted by 9to5Google, always on the lookout for new features in preparation for the Google side.
Today more than ever, digital well-being is an important factor in our ultra-connected world. More and more giants of the Tech are moving towards features that go in this direction. This is the case of Google which offers since last year a set of features called “Digital Wellbeing” and that allow Android users to control their addiction to their smartphone. They can also access accurate statistics about their habits.
These features are not directly integrated into the OS but are available through a Play Store application that has the same name (Digital Wellbeing). Unfortunately, to enjoy it you must not only have Android Pie on your smartphone and it must be either a Google Pixel or a model Android One. But compatibility is gradually starting to spread. In Android Q, these features would go a lot further by integrating with Google Chrome.
Android Q: you can control the time spent on websites
Digging through Chromium’s source code, 9to5Google has identified the new feature that bridges the Android Q and the Google Chrome browser. Until now, the application only allows you to control your addiction to the smartphone by monitoring the frequency of use of different applications, the number of notifications received the frequency with which you consult your smartphone, etc.
It is possible to set limits so as not to spend too much time on the screen. But these control functions do not concern web browsing. It is therefore impossible to know if you spend a lot of time on one or another online service. With Android Q, it would be possible to connect the application in a special way to Chrome through an API. The system will thus be able to access in detail the online activities carried out by the user via his browser.
This will require activating the feature beforehand. And that will go through the Google Chrome privacy settings. Once you have been granted permission to link with the digital wellness functions, you will be able to access statistics about your online activities, as is already possible with applications installed on the smartphone.
For the moment, there is still no assurance that this integration between Chrome and addiction control will actually be implemented. It only remains to wait for the official information on this subject. We also do not know why these features are only available to Android Q since they are accessible through a Play Store application that, remember, is still very restrictive about compatible smartphones.
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