On stage at Google I/O 2018, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai introduced a new feature called Android Dashboard. The purpose of Android Dashboard is to help you get a hold on your “digital wellbeing,” otherwise known as how much time you’re spending on your phone.
Using Android Dashboard, you’ll be able to see exactly how you’re spending your time on your phone, including what apps you use the most. It will also tell you how many times you’ve unlocked your phone and how many notifications you’ve received.
In tandem with Android Dashboard, which likely will show up in Android P, a new YouTube feature will notify you if you’ve spent a lot of time watching videos. For example, after watching YouTube videos for an hour, the app will tell you that you’ve spent a lot of time on YouTube and ask you if you want to take a break.
The feature can be turned off, if it’s not to your liking, and will roll out in an app update this week.
The idea behind Android Dashboard and the YouTube watch time notification is to help people regulate their own smartphone usage. Pichai says that this is an ongoing effort and will develop and change over time.
We first heard about this new Google initiative yesterday, via an anonymous source. This is probably not the last we’ll hear at Google I/O 2018 about digital wellbeing and Android Dashboard.