introduced a Focus Mode feature for its on Tuesday, letting you temporarily shut off apps you find most distracting so your device automatically tunes them out when you want to concentrate.
It's coming toP and Q this fall.
"When I enter focus mode, I can select the apps that I find distracting," Stephanie Saad Cuthbertson, asenior director, said onstage at the developers conference. "Those apps that distract me are disabled, but I can still keep texts, because it's important to me that my family can always get ahold of me -- until I come out of Focus Mode, and then everything is back."
Focus Mode follows other digital wellness features Google has added in recent years, including app timers and Wind Down, which are designed to lower how much you use your phone. Cuthbertson said Google's data shows that app timers helped users stick to their usage goals more than 90% of the time, and users of Wind Down had a 27% drop in nightly device usage.
's biggest event of the year, I/O is expected to unmask details about Android Q, the next iteration of its ubiquitous mobile operating system, as well as reveal refreshed gadgets and unveil updates to popular services like its Assistant software.
But like many of the tech industry's giants, Google has been beset by controversies and revolts in the last year. Its workers have protested against military contracts, its work in China, and its treatment of temporary workers.directed at executives, as well as its