Google's New Feature Reminds Android Users Not to Text and Walk
Google is making the world a safer place–one feature at a time. Early this month, the tech company rolled out a feature to protect pedestrians, cyclists, and commuters through better navigation upgrades for Google Maps.
It hasn't even been a full two weeks since that announcement, and Google already has another feature out to make commuting better for us all. In comes Heads Up, a feature that reminds Google Pixel users not to use their phones and to keep their heads up while walking.
The feature was first noticed by Jay Prakash Kamat, who posted screenshots of it in action on Twitter. He said, "Digital Wellbeing add "Heads Up," a feature that warns you to stop using your phone while you're walking."
"If you've ever tripped on the sidewalk or walked into a pole while texting, you're not alone," Google said in a statement. "If your phone screen is unlocked and you're walking, you'll receive a gentle nudge to look up and pay attention to what's around you."
In early news about the update, it was reported that the notifications would nudge users with messages saying "be careful," "look ahead," and "watch your step." Pretty useful if you're glued to your phone most of the time.
Heads Up is still in beta testing in the Digital Wellbeing app as a Pixel exclusive, but here's to hoping it becomes more available soon to put an end to texting and walking.