Google is adding a new Bedtime tab to its Clock app that'll let you set a regular bedtime and wake-up schedule, which can help improve your quality of sleep if you follow it.
Google reports seeing a rise in sleep-related search queries like "insomnia" and "can't sleep" in April and May, as the coronavirus crisis led to increased stress and anxiety, which can disrupt sleep.
For those who have never used Wind Down, the feature turns the phone display grayscale and keeps it from lighting up overnight. Digital Wellbeing was one of the aspects of the update, which means some of the features should make their way to other Android smartphones as well.
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You can choose a bedtime window for when DND will turn on when plugged in. You can also save a transcript directly to Google Docs for easy sharing. Announced earlier today, the next update for Pixel phones will add Adaptive Battery improvements, a new bedtime feature in the Clock app, and some personal safety features.
This new update is making Google's Adaptive Battery feature better, too.
Here, you can set daily sleep and wake times. This prevents DND from being enabled any time you plug in your phone throughout the day. Parents can create a bedtime schedule that's adjusted for certain days and weekends.More news: SpaceX astronaut crew blasted AC/DC and Black Sabbath to kick off mission
In addition, users will receive a reminder before bedtime and have the option to play calming sounds from Calm, Spotify, YouTube Music, and other sources. You can also pair these Bedtime features with Digital Wellbeing to limit interruptions and, if you stay up past your bedtime, see which apps were keeping you up. The Sunrise Alarm starts playing 15 minutes before your scheduled wakeup time.
The sunrise alarm was first introduced with the Pixel 3 and Pixel Stand in 2018. Find more details about the new features below. All the new features and improvements included in this update will be rolled out in waves to all compatible Pixel devices starting on June 1.
Pixel 2 devices and newer will notify the user when the battery is set to run out, while throttling background usage to save on life.More news: Coronavirus: Criticisms After Trump Signals US Exit From WHO
You can now start a recording in the Recorder app through the Google Assistant. Starting now, the app will be available on all Pixel devices, but the auto crash detection feature is listed as only coming to the Pixel 3 lineup in addition to the Pixel 4. There's also a new Safety Check feature created to send out alerts in potentially risky situations. As an example, if you're about to go on a run or hike by yourself, Safety Check will make sure you made it back safely. Should you fail to do so, your Pixel will automatically blast out an alert to all of your emergency contacts at once - a clever feature that, hopefully, you'll never have to use.More news: Facebook Employees Criticize Mark Zuckerberg Over Trump