An Envelope by Google which reduces your smartphone usage!


Google is one of the most leading company to produce some really cool gadgets and devices. This time, It is back with a really unique approach. Google has launched three new experimental apps as part of its Digital Wellbeing Initiative that motivates you to reduce your smartphone usage. These apps were launched on January 21st, 2020, and in one of them, you have to actually seal your phone in a phone-sized paper-envelope.

According to Google, It is capable of keeping you away from your smartphone so that you can enjoy the outside world more. It is a paper-based phone-sized envelope that seals your device and lets you use only important stuff like your dialer. Although, you have to use the calls only envelope to call someone and the separate camera only envelope to click pictures and shoot videos, which is pretty weird though.

Talking about the call only envelope, this envelope will let you call someone as it has a dialer printed on the front side. It will also let you speed dial your favorite numbers and will also tell you what time it is. The camera only envelope will only let you click images and shoot videos nothing else. This envelope covers your entire smartphone leaving the camera.

Phone Sized Paper Envelope

So far, this is only applicable on a Pixel 3A, so if you are a Pixel 3A owner, you can install the Envelope app from Google Play store, and then you can print out the PDF for the envelope, cut out the template and use the instructions to assemble it.

Then, If you are thinking you should take a break from your smartphone for some time, Open the Envelope app, put your Pixel 3A into the envelope and seal the envelope shut. You can use some glue for shutting it up. When you will tear up the seal and take your device out, the app will also tell you for how many hours you kept your phone away.

I think this is a great initiative from Google, as we always spend more than 3/4th of our time using our smartphones. Thanks to the Envelope, you will be able to reduce your smartphone usage because if you want to use your phone, you will have to tear up the seal on the envelope, which means you have to create a new one to use the app again.

Google has open-sourced the Envelope app on GitHub, so if you want your envelope to be unique, which lets you do something different, you can improve what Google has already shared.

Akshit Tiwari
Just a 20-year-old tech enthusiast who also likes to read and write, just stick with me if you like my work. I believe in Fountain Pen and Chai <3

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