New ‘Heads Up’ feature nags distracted Android users to look up while walking

New ‘Heads Up’ feature nags distracted Android users to look up while walking


An illustration from the feature’s settings page. | Image: Google (via Jay Prakash Kamat)

Android’s Digital Wellbeing service is getting a new “Heads Up” feature, which will prompt users to stop staring at their phones while walking, XDA Developers reports. The feature appears to be rolling out to the beta version of the Digital Wellbeing app, and one Twitter user reports receiving the feature on their Pixel 4A device.

“If you’re walking while using your phone, get a reminder to focus on what’s around you,” says the Heads Up setup page. The reminders include brief notifications with instructions like “Watch your step,” “Stay alert,” and “Look up,” judging by an app teardown last year by 9to5Google.

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