Google is testing a feature that alerts users of Android smartphones when they are texting or browsing while walking; to pay attention and monitor where they are heading.
New and optional warnings are starting to appear in beta for some Pixel phones through digital Wellbeing in Android, according to The Verge, but Google has yet to clarify more about this release. It is likely that more phones with digital health will include soon warning pedestrians.
The heads Up setup page says, ” if you’re walking while using your phone, get a notification to focus on what’s going on around you,” and the reminders include brief notifications with instructions like “watch your step,” “stay alert,” and”search,” based on the dismantling of the app last year.
It seems stupid for your phone to warn you to use it while walking, but thousands of pedestrians die every year, according to reports published by the “9to5 Google” website (9to5Google), so an actual alert reminding people to be careful while walking would not be a bad thing compared to what a Japanese city that has already banned the use of
Warnings will be optional, as will other aspects of a digital health service that also monitors app usage, and can help filter notifications to encourage people to stop checking their phones.
The trial version must be installed manually, so you won’t be surprised that notifications appear once your phone is updated, and people may end up turning off the service to stop annoying them when their phones start alerting them when they text or tweet while walking.