SAN MATEO, California, January 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Discover your smartphone habits and manage your digital diet
Today ZeroDesktop launches QualityTime™, a self-help Android app that allows you to reduce, monitor and be aware of the amount of time you spend on your smartphone and favorite apps. The app provides a fun, visual, and easy-to-navigate personal log or "timeline" of your smartphone use; and people even have the option to share their mobile use times on social media with friends.
With statistics showing that most people sleep next to their smartphones, and 90% regularly overuse their device, QualityTime is ideal for those suffering from smartphone addiction - or for those who are simply curious about how much time they spend on popular apps such as Instagram, Facebook and Whatsapp. Users can also switch off from their smartphone completely by choosing to "lock" their screen for set periods of time.
President and co-founder Richard Sah explains: "Smartphone use has become so widely integrated into our everyday lives, it's difficult for people to realize just how frequently and compulsively they use their phones. If you asked me whether I'm addicted to my smartphone, I would say absolutely not. Then I discovered that I spend 3 hours a day on my phone simply out of habit. QualityTime details smartphone and app use both in terms of frequency and duration, allowing you to understand your smartphone habits and trends - whether it is how often you unlock you phone, a specific app you keep revisiting, or a certain time of day you most use your phone ".
The QualityTime app summarizes daily or weekly phone use including total app usage, phone unlock frequency, and detailed reporting - known as your "digital diet". You can also create alert notifications or external alerts to the Internet of Things (IoT) through its upcoming integration with IFTTT when exceeding general device usage. Whether you've managed to avoid Candy Crush Saga for a whole week, or just broke your own personal record for watching films on Netflix, you can choose to Tweet or Facebook your specific stats and compare with friends. The app runs in the background and can be seamlessly used as part of your every day routine, but provides summary stats as and when you need them.
Frank Pesek, Chief Architect explains: "We've all noticed that habitual phone-checking is the norm - whether you're bored, tired, eating dinner or chatting to friends. In 2017, more than half the population of the world will own a smartphone, and so this is a phenomenon that will continue to grow. We are always looking for new ways to help people understand their digital diet and use their time effectively, and this is our latest solution".
QualityTime can be used by everyone - from teenagers, students, and working professionals who need to curb their phone usage habits before an important exam or work deadline, or those who just want to ensure they get enough quality time doing what they love. The ZeroDesktop team has extensive experience in developing Cloud Control apps and software; similar projects are often aimed at School Age or Pre School children, while QualityTime has been developed for the wide range of people who own smartphones.
Key app features:
- Personal timeline to display a dashboard summary of hourly, daily or weekly phone usage in simple graphs
- Easily tap the Bubble to switch between total app usage, total app frequency, and total screen unlock number
- Tap on any app to view usage history
- Option to share specific stats on Twitter or Facebook
- Ability to create notifications if usage exceeds a certain limit for general use or a specific app
- Ability to set external alert/notification to Internet of Things when you exceed a set usage limit (i.e. Send an SMS to someone or blink IoT-enabled light a few times if you exceed a certain use of an app)
- Ability to "lock" your screen for set periods of time
- Runs in the background unobtrusively but provides summary statistics and notifications If preferred
QualityTime is a free app available on Android smartphones from the Google Play store, officially launching Jan 20th 2015.
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Statistics quoted from the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction.
About QualityTime (http://www.qualitytimeapp.com/)
QualityTime is a trademark of ZeroDesktop, inc. (http://www.zerodesktop.com); a fun, visual and easy to use Android app that allows you to monitor and get real time reports on how much time you're spending on your mobile phone/specific apps.
QualityTime has two markets: those who spend a lot of time on their mobile phone/apps and need to find a way to curb or manage their addiction/mobile usage; and those who are just curious and want a fun way to know how much time is spent on their phone and on which apps. It is available for Android devices on the Google Play store from January 2015.