Google's Pixel phones are being slowed down by their Digital Wellbeing feature

Yolanda Curtis
May 14, 2019

"The Pixel $399 3a has a 5.6" AMOLED display and the $479 Pixel 3a XL has a 6" AMOLED display (the same usable screen size as the Pixel 3 XL with the "hide the notch option" active).

Sadly, it appears that the Digital Wellbeing feature that Google has added in an attempt to make us a bit more aware of how much time we're spending on our devices is the culprit.

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Google is yet to make any comment about the performance issues or the possibility that having Wellbeing running in the background is proving to be an unacceptable resource hog (probably runs on Chrome - ha!) but it's worth pointing out that even the posh-end Pixel phones have 4GB RAM against the current flagship favourite figure of 6GB. It runs in the background and keeps track of how long you use your phone as well as individual apps, each day.

It is best to note that Google isn't the first to have their devices have desktop mode support, as companies like Samsung and Huawei have had high-end models of their smartphones come with the feature pre-installed. For many people, disabling Digital Wellbeing isn't going to be a big deal, considering the fact that most people don't really care how much time they've spent in the Twitter app today. Also, the string codes reveal that this may be a feature that will be exclusive to Pixel smartphones only.

Google is testing automatic vehicle crash detection for Pixel phones on Android Q operating system (OS), XDA Developers reports.


Google Pixel 3 XL. From here, select Digital Wellbeing and flip the slider titled "Permit usage access" to off.

Unlike the Pixel 3, the Pixel 3A doesn't have wireless charging and a second, wide-angle front-facing camera.


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