Nokia 7 Plus becomes the first non-Pixel model able to run Digital Wellbeing

Nokia 7 Plus becomes the first non-Pixel model able to run Digital Wellbeing
Google's Digital Wellbeing app, which up until now was available only on the Pixel handsets, monitors a person's daily phone usage (Android only), app use and reveals how often he or she checks his/her handset. Another feature allows the user to set a schedule that turns the screen to grayscale when it is time to put the phone away for the night. And daily caps can be placed on individual app usage so that the Android user doesn't become "addicted" to a particular social media app or game.

The Digital Wellbeing app, technically in beta, is now available for Nokia 7 Plus units running the latest Android 9 Pie beta. This is the first non-Pixel phone able to use the app and suggests that all Android models with Android 9 Pie installed will be able to run Digital Wellbeing. Nokia 7 Plus users do need to keep in mind that the version of Pie they are running is a beta as is the Digital Wellbeing app. That means that some features might run slow or might not run at all.

Both Apple and Google felt compelled to include Screen Time and Digital Wellbeing on the latest builds of iOS and Android respectively, following fears of "smartphone addiction." A test of Screen Time run by the New York Times resulted in a teenage girl cutting her daily iPhone usage by 50% after just three weeks.

If you have a Nokia 7 Plus running the latest Android 9 Pie beta, you can install Digital Wellbeing from the Google Play Store. Simply click on this link.

source: NPU via AndroidAuthority

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  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3800 mAh

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19 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

One of the best bang for your buck upper midrange smartphones out today. HMD has a solid winner here. Can't wait for the Nokia 7.1 Plus.

4. 36thDisciple

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

If only it would quick charge. Despite purchasing a quick charger for it, it still doesn't.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don’t own one (yet), but from what I’ve been reading, it’s very small problem that very few have had related to a certain Android Oreo build that the Adroid P beta has fixed.

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3091; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Right, it's "One of the best" but still can't beat Mi A2 with the similar hardware, but $120 cheaper. Both are Android One, so their updates speed is similar.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

If they both have similar hardware and both are Android One, how is the Mi A2 beating it? You’re opinion means nothing to me, btw. Only facts matter.

11. perry1234

Posts: 623; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I agree. Also the commentor conveniently forgot that Mi A2 has a smaller battery, no headphone jack ,as per many a display tests a worse display , no NFC and overall a poor build quality.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. The Nokia 7 Plus is clearly the better smarphone, despite what he and the other misinformed individual believe. +1 for calling out those that are misinformed and trying to push fiction as fact.

10. sumpil

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 02, 2016

Xiaomi is not available everywhere as HMD is

13. Venom

Posts: 2965; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Nokia isn't available everywhere either. They don't have much of a presence in the US.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nokia branded smartphones are available in more places than Xiaomi smartphones are, and are available all over the U.S. as well from online sites like Amazon, and in stores like B&H Photo and Best Buy.

12. Venom

Posts: 2965; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. It's far from being the best bang for your buck. +1 for calling out the hypocrisy.

2. Venom

Posts: 2965; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

This is a great feature that I hope makes it to most phones. Of course, the Pixel phones are the best way to experience Android while the Essential phone is the real best bang for your buck.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is a great feature that unfortunately will not make it to the Essential Phone, which is a shame considering that they only have one smartphone to worry about. Also, Google should let HMD design it's smartphones, as the Pixel 3XL leaves a whole lot to be desired design wise.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3091; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

But HMD's designs is as just as uninspiring as HTC. Google better work with Huawei.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

Um, NOPE. The design of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus and 6.1 Plus are great, and the build quality on smartphones like the Nokia 6 and 6.1 are unmatched. Huawei’s phones look great, though.

14. Venom

Posts: 2965; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Look at his comments and you will see how they contradict themselves. That's outside of the typical over the top sales pitch for the devices he claims to support.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! One only needs to look at your comment and see that you are so triggered by what I said that you will push your false narrative as facts. That's outside of the typical incessant trolling that you love to do concerning OEM's that I favor.

15. Venom

Posts: 2965; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

So much wrong and bs in one post.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, there is so much wrong in your BS post. Thanks for admitting it.

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