Google’s Pixel feature drop brings battery, bedtime, safety, and Assistant changes

Android update delivers new ‘Bedtime’ features focused on improving sleep

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.

Next up is a good comfort for individuals who usually depend on Google's Recorder app.

Frandroid (via 9to5Google) found mention of the Pixel 4a on a list of phones claimed to be compatible with the StopCovid contact-tracing app that recently launched on the Google Play Store.

Google has introduced a few useful bedtime tools to help make sleeping and technology work together instead of against each other. 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. Also, enabling Bedtime mode will make your phone fade the colors to black and white.

You can now schedule Bedtime mode, and even have it trigger automatically, or as soon as you plug your phone in for charge. It's technically a Google Clock update, though, so you don't need the June update to get the features. Tapping the first will confirm you're safe, the second will share your location with a select number of contacts, and the third will dial emergency services.

Android update delivers new ‘Bedtime’ features focused on improving sleep
Google announces new features in Digital Wellbeing, Clock, and Family Link to help you get better sleep

Here, you can set daily sleep and wake times.

Google is also adding new features to the app including support for natural disaster notifications or alerts about other emergencies.

Let's face it. Our sleep schedules have been messed up of late and cordoned within the four walls of our house has made it easier than ever to lose track of time.

Next up, the Clock app will help you maintain a consistent sleep schedule by being all passive aggressive with you about your activities past your bedtime. Clock now lets you see your calendar for tomorrow and tell you how many hours of sleep you'll get, letting you adjust your bedtime if needed. Seriously - if you keep up previous your going to bed, you'll obtain a picture of just how much time you invested awake as well as on which applications. If your Android smartphone has Digital Wellbeing and parental controls settings, then you should be able to use Bedtime mode as well. The Safety app on the Pixel can now help protect you when you're alone. This visual alarm system will begin 15 minutes prior to your audio alarm. The tone can also be customized to a song you enjoy or any sound you prefer.

Google has announced to bring its personal safety app to all Pixel devices which was limited to just Pixel 4, along with vehicle crash detection tool which is coming to Pixel 3 first. If you indulge in watching videos close to your bedtime, YouTube will now pause to push notifications alerting you about your bedtime.

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