Google’s new Heads Up feature for your smartphone to save you from distraction

This Heads Up feature is a beta program of its Digital Wellbeing app, which helps us to track the time we spent on our mobile phone.
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Have you ever found yourself so indulged in your smartphone that you forget what you are doing or what is going on around you, like walking with your eyes fixed on your mobile screen?

This may happen or I better say this does happen to us when we get so indulged in our phones that we don’t pay attention to what is going on around us. But this ignorance can cause us many kinds of trouble, like running into other pedestrians on the way or even hit by a car on the road.

To save you from all sorts of trouble, Google is preparing to launch a new feature that will prevent Android smartphone users from getting distracted from the things happening around us. This Heads Up feature is a beta program of its Digital Wellbeing app, which helps us to track the time we spent on our mobile phone.

The use of the Heads Up feature is that it will tell you to look around besides concentrating your mind completely on the phone. For example, if you are walking and your smartphone is unlocked, then it will show a message on the screen to also pay attention to your surroundings.

About this feature, Google has said “the app uses sensors in your phone that detects movement to understand whether or not you’re walking, while the location is used to understand whether you’re walking indoors or outdoors”. Google also said that turning on your location while using this feature is optional for the users.

As for now, the feature is only available in the Google Pixel smartphones because they are doing test runs. Mainly, Google uses its own mobiles to test the new features and after finalizing the function, add it to other Android devices. So if you use other Android devices, get ready to be informed by your smartphone about seeing your surroundings while you walk. It will definitely save you from a lot of embarrassments in the streets. Google also says that the features will also work when you are jogging or running.

To keep your privacy its highest priority, the app will ask for your permission before monitoring your physical activity. Once you grant the permission, it will start tracking your movements with your phone unlocked. There is also an option for you to share your location with the app, whether you want to keep it on all the time or only when you are walking somewhere.

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