For the past two years, Google has been tackling mobile addiction through initiatives such as Digital Welling. More recently, Google has released three programs to further control the problem of mobile phone addiction. One of the apps called Envelope is very characteristic, in order to control mobile phone addiction, it directly made you a “paper phone.”
Although it is a paper phone, but with The Envelope’s cooperation, it can still complete the most basic functions. You can think of it as a minimalist mode that many phones are equipped with, but Envelope brings a physical minimalist change that you won’t see the screen, only the glowing buttons.
In addition, there is a reserved hole in the main camera, so the photo-taking function can also be used, but it is not convenient to view.
Envelope is currently logged into the Google Play Store for free download, along with a Pixel 3a-based paper shell design that users can download and print their own. But it also means that Envelope can only run on the Pixel 3a if it’s not bothered, because there are no other models available for printing.
In addition to Envelope, Google has also launched both The Activity Bubbles and Screen Stopwatch apps for free download. They are part of the Digital Health Experiment, which works together to control cell phone addiction.