Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Disabling Digital Wellbeing on Pixel 3 XL: best thing ever

Disabling Digital Wellbeing on Pixel 3 XL: best thing ever

Last week Google held its biggest event - I/O 2019 - of the year where it shared a host of features that would come to Android phones later this year.

Most of the smartphones getting launched nowadays are not easy to get reapird and it's a welcome move from Google for the Pixel 3a series, which scored 6 points in terms of repairability.

No additional details are available, but smartphone makers have been caught in the past using designs from unreleased handsets in patent applications.

Google debuted Digital Wellbeing a year ago, with Android Pie. After having tried many things, it appeared that disabling Digital Wellbeing made the phones fast once again. What it does is track the amount of time users spend on their devices, and allow users to control the amount of time they spend doing so.

We've noticed. There are times where it all gets to be too much for the little phone and it freezes up, something that we haven't really seen much of in these days of ample RAM.

Google's Andrii Kulian, Software Engineer on the Android Framework WindowManager Team working on Multi-Display, discussed this feature at length in a session called "Build Apps for Foldable, Multi-Display, and Large-Screen Devices". Of course, that doesn't make the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL any less appealing. In many ways, the Pixel 3a - which is positioned as a premium device that won't break the bank - fills a gap Apple left open when it curiously discontinued the iPhone SE previous year.

What's even more interesting is that some users are reporting seeing a performance increase for their original Pixel 3 devices, which in theory should have been affected. Especially considering it does have the famous Pixel camera built-in. Google could fix these with updates though, but given how well that worked out with the Pixel 3, I wouldn't count on it.

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