“We hope this platform will inspire developers and designers to create experiments and put Digital Wellbeing at the center of what they build in the future,” Google writes in its FAQ. “These experiments are designed to help people consider their relationship with technology. They can be used for a day, a week, or however long is helpful.”


There’s no shortage of digital detox apps built to help break smartphone addiction. These experiments seem to be an extension of the “Digital Wellbeing” initiative Google announced at I/O 2018 and then introduced later in Android 9 Pie. That said, it is nice of Google to open-source the code for the experiments and provide guidelines so that other developers and designers can submit their own. Whatever is created is currently limited to “recent popular Android handsets,” however. If you’re unsure, Google says the Play Store will notify users after downloading if their phones are compatible.