Newsletter: Wireless Charging Docks & Active Edge for Pixel Successors & Instagram’s Step To Break Smartphone Addiction

Newsletter: Wireless Charging Docks & Active Edge for Pixel Successors & Instagram’s Step To Break Smartphone Addiction

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Technology sometimes gets a bad rap because of certain consequences that it’s had on the environment and unforeseen problems, but we shouldn’t use it as an excuse to reject our tools; rather, we should decide that we need to make better tools to solve the problems caused by the initial tools in a progressive wave of innovation.” ~ Jason Silva

TWO FEATURES OF PIXEL 3 AND PIXEL XL CONFIRMED

THE STORY

Google has confirmed about two new features for Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL launching in late 2019.

WHAT ARE THE FEATURES?

It is obvious that fans clamor endlessly for big companies like Apple, Samsung and Google to reveal their next-gen devices. This time the buzz is all about Google and its upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL models. Though the newest contender in the market, Google has totally proven the worth with the predecessors. Google designed these exquisite smartphones from the ground and therefore displays successfully how Android could work with a good and compatible smartphone. With a single main camera, it has the capability to stand tall against its competitors and this is not it.

Coming to the features that have grabbed the attention. According to sources, Google has itself gave the spoiler to tease Pixel lovers. One of them is Active Edge. This feature will enable users to launch Google Assistant, the digital assistant of Android by squeezing the smartphone.

Other than this, wireless charging docks are the ones that have gained attention and rose the excitement.

ARE THEY APPEALING?

Of course, they are!

Who would not want to activate the digital assistant to enquire and start searching for something? Squeeze your phone and your digital assistant will come up and resolve your queries.

Wireless charging is another dream coming true. Imagine not being hassled with the wires, while traveling or home. Though, Pixel started late but it is catching up pretty fast. It will be good to see the ambitious smartphone reach the zenith.


NOW INSTAGRAM WILL TELL YOU THE APP USAGE TIME

THE STORY

Instagram will play a role in breaking smartphone addiction by indicating the time spent on the app.

WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

Earlier, CEO of Instagram, Kevin Systrom confirmed that Instagram is working on a mockup for a Usage Insights feature. Instagram understands the increasing influence of internet and people’s addiction towards it. So, the company has decided to help you manage overuse. Systrom mentioned, “It’s true . . . We’re building tools that will help the IG community know more about the time they spend on Instagram – any time should be positive and intentional . . . Understanding how time online impacts people is important, and it’s the responsibility of all companies, to be honest about this. We want to be part of the solution. I take that responsibility seriously.”

According to the unlaunched version of Usage Insights tool, a user can get a daily tally of the time spent on the app. The tool will let you set a limit for the time that you spend on a daily basis. You will be alerted if and when cross the limit.

You can manage Instagram notifications via shortcut so the app’s notifications don’t disturb you every now and then. In addition to this, Instagram is said to be working on new hamburger button which when clicked, opens a menu on the profile.

HOW WILL IT HELP?

The tool will help people in managing the time spent on Instagram but the advertisers or the people who run their businesses on Insta could get annoyed due to these restrictions. Instagram has already thought it through and certainly don’t want anyone to get annoyed, so the app doesn’t lock you out when the time is up. However, getting alerts on usage time could give you a sense of control. Moreover, it is a healthy way to monitor the usage.

Looks like Instagram is setting a benchmark in initiating a new campaign by making people aware of their app usage and letting them control it with a persistent approach. For example:  after hitting a set limit you will get a notification, it will give you a gentle reminder after every fifteen minutes or visual flag if you cross the set limit.

Instagram has initiated the work of motivating users with a notification, “You’re all caught up,” when you have checked everything that’s in your feed.

WILL IT HELP?

We really hope that Instagram initiative is taken up by other apps and users don’t have to rely on iOS and Android screen usage features. This self-policing will help users to manage the screen time and engage in real social life than the one behind the screen.

With Instagram introducing the long-form video, this Usage Insights tool was more necessary than ever.

The search for involvement and indulgence has consumed people as a result, they spend maximum time on social media and internet. All we crave for is Dopamine, getting the limitless supply of it by gazing at the screen can never be an option. We need to find other hobbies and break this addiction before it overpowers us.

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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