Your Galaxy phone could start asking you to keep your eyes on the road

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Last updated: September 27th, 2021 at 11:02 UTC+01:00

Google’s Digital Wellbeing initiative has been around for the better part of three years, and the company has done a decent job of keeping it flush with new features. An upcoming Digital Wellbeing feature will make navigating through city streets with a smartphone in your hand a whole lot easier.

A new video on Android’s official YouTube channel showcases a feature called ‘Heads Up’. It essentially alerts you to look around when you’re outside, lest you inadvertently run into something or someone. Alternatively, you will also get an on-screen prompt asking you to pay attention to your surroundings should a nearby obstacle be detected.

The video also tells us that Heads Up uses data from your phone’s gyroscope, proximity sensor and location services to determine the location of an obstacle. It’ll be interesting to see if Heads Up works indoors. It will be a godsend for people who frequently stumble into furniture/walls while on their phones.

Google has stated that Heads Up will be available on all smartphones with the Digital Wellbeing app soon. The Google Pixel series of smartphones already got it earlier this year, and now it is being rolled out to other devices, though it could be a while before you see the toggle on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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