Lip Service. Allow me a moment to look up a formal definition. Most of us think of lip service as someone telling us one thing to look good, but continuing to do something else. Remember when medical professionals warned against using our smartphones too much because they could damage health?
How did Apple respond? First, with the Battery app which listed how much time each app used, then with ScreenTime; the app that limits time used on specific apps. How did that work out?
Instead of reducing the number of Apple apps that we use to do this or that– apps which take up ever more time– Apple added even more apps to iOS and macOS. Who has more apps than Apple?
Google and Microsoft. Both continue to dump new apps in front of a user’s face. The best at creating highly visible lip service is Google.
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Android Police outlined the obvious irony here. Google released five experimental Digital Wellbeing apps to help us use our devices less. By giving us five new apps to use.
The five new apps don’t seem to require Digital Wellbeing to be present on your device. They’re available for me on all kinds of phones and tablets from the Pixel to OnePlus, Nokia, Huawei. However, you need to be running Android 8.0 Oreo for most of them
The five apps are an interesting amalgam of little utilities designed to help Android users save time by, well, giving them more apps to use.
- Unlock Clock – a nifty utility wallpaper that counts the number of times you’ve unlocked the phone
- We Flip – the first person to use their smartphone after We Flip goes on is the loser
- Post Box – this one stops notifications and then bundles them to be delivered later
- Morph – think of it as an app launcher to help you avoid apps that take up time
- Desert Island – another launcher, limited to seven apps
I like the idea of more user control, but as it is with everything else, more apps mean more time on the phone and nothing replaces good old fashioned discipline like, well, discipline.