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

Yolanda Curtis
June 1, 2020

The Personal Safety app launched with Pixel 4 devices will be now available on all Pixel deviecs. You can also add Bedtime mode to your Android phone's Quick Settings, to instantly turn it on or off with a single tap.

Alongside the new features and improvements mentioned above, Google will be adding a new bedtime feature in the Clock app, which should help Pixel users get a better sleep schedule.

An improvement made to the Adaptive Battery feature first introduced in Android Pie headlines the changes.

Google Pixel 2 phones and newer will get improvements to Adaptive Battery that predicts when you'll run out of juice and further reduces background activity to keep your phone on longer. If they have Digital Wellbeing installed, they can pair with Bedtime mode to limit the interruptions during sleep. The app will show you a preview of tomorrow's calendar and tell you how much sleep you'll get, and you can adjust your bedtime accordingly if you'd like. Google Assistant now integrates with the Recorder app and can save transcripts directly to Google Docs.

If you don't respond to it, the app will alert your emergency contacts. Plus, the app's vehicle crash detection feature will be coming to the Pixel 3 after originally only being offered on the Pixel 4. In the event that a users needs immediate help or are in a unsafe situation, emergency sharing notifies all of your emergency contacts and shares your real-time location through Google Maps so they can send help or find you.

New feature called safety check schedules a check-in from the app at a later time.

Rounding out this new Google Pixel update are some security patches and functional improvements.

Apart from kernel version updates for each device, every change in the Pixel patch notes is a "fix" or "improvement" meant to mitigate some specific issue, sometimes just for one set of phones, and there are no new features here.

The June 2020 patch should hit your phone over the next few days, and as always, you can manually check and see if the update is waiting for you.

This new update is starting to roll out today, but Google says it's going out in phases and so timing will vary depending on carrier and device.

Nearly all of these updates are coming to the full line of handsets, from the newest Google Pixel 4 to the Google Pixel 2 - sorry, original Pixel owners.

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