Google Wants To Fight Against Digital Addiction


Google has just introduced a series of features designed to help its users to disconnect via, paradoxically, tools nested in their phone …

Google boss Sundar Pichai said he wants to promote “digital well-being” through a “Dashboard”, a series of commands that allow for example to limit the time spent on certain applications, he explained at the annual developer conference in Mountain View, near San Francisco.

“There is growing pressure (that pushes) to respond immediately” to all the solicitations coming from his phone but “we have the opportunity to do better” and to go from “the fear of missing something” to “the joy to miss something, “said Pichai. “We want to give users time,” he said. “Digital well-being is going to be a long-term topic for us,” said Sameer Samat, product manager at Google, presenting a series of new features planned in the new version of Android, the operating system mobile phone, which equips the majority of smartphones in the world.

The phone will indicate in particular the time spent on the applications or the number of notifications sent daily by each of them to help the user to measure his consumption. The user will be able to program himself time limits (for example no more than 15 minutes per day on this or that application), so many functions that allow at the same time Google to know even more finely the habits of its users. customers.

According to Google, artificial intelligence, allowing the phone to perform more tasks alone, also allows to spend less time on the screen, especially thanks to his voice assistant, who can now himself make real moves to a human interlocutor, to make an appointment with the hairdresser or to reserve a table at the restaurant. Google Assistant is now “more natural in conversation” in terms of tone and rhythm, assured Mr. Pichai and “understands the nuances and context” of the dialogue.

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The group has also presented an improved version of its function “Lens”: by filming texts, objects or famous buildings, the smartphone will be able to identify them and “read”, promised its leaders.


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