Google's Digital Wellbeing feature is slowing down Pixel devices

Google's Digital Wellbeing feature is slowing down Pixel devices

Ads that have started showing up around the United States take on Apple with a direct price comparison between the iPhone X and the Pixel 3a. After having tried many things, it appeared that disabling Digital Wellbeing made the phones fast once again. If you've got a Pixel smartphone with Digital Wellbeing on, disable it for a week and see what you think - I can guarantee you'll feel like you've got a new smartphone in your hands.

Google's Digital Wellbeing service is one such app, promising to transparently track and measure phone usage while offering ways to minimise screen time in certain apps. The secondary screen supports the "multitasking recovery" feature of Android Q, which allows two apps to run simultaneously without being suspended. Also, the string codes reveal that this may be a feature that will be exclusive to Pixel smartphones only.

However, as indicated by several threads on the r/GooglePixel subreddit, it looks like the app is causing the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL as well as the newly launched, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL (review) to slow down.

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For those wondering, disabling usage access doesn't impact some of the core features of Digital Wellbeing. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL had a ton of issues when those launched back in October, with very few of those issues actually being fixed at this point.

Google Pixel 3 XL. Which will likely save you some battery life too. These aren't quite flagship smartphones, but they are pretty good options for those looking for a smartphone under $500 right now. Over the weekend, people in Washington D.C. noticed a new billboard ad that cleverly highlights the iPhone's subpar low light camera performance while also reminding folks that it's $600 more expensive than a Pixel 3a.

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