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#PMChallenge - Stop over usage of apps and recommend productivity

  1. C1544444405776
    Eclair Feb 20, 2019

    C1544444405776 , Feb 20, 2019 :
    Who are the users?
    • Users who are using the same apps again and again, getting bored using phone. And also, wasting their time doing the same. Hence, Most of the users.
    • Users who want to focus doing more productive things on phone like studying and want to keep the leisure in check.
    What is the proposed function?
    To track down how frequently user opens the same app or a chain of apps (say user opening the same social media app 3-5 times in a span of 5 minutes OR opening FB then instagram then FB again then instagram and doing the same again and again) and quits them. And is also using an app for way too long time in a day. Basically to track if the user is bored and wasting time. When such a thing happens, we will warn the user about the behaviour and provide them solutions to help them distract from it and also give them an option to mute the apps for sometime.
    Ways to help user out :-
    1. Alert them about this trait and ask them to not use these apps for a while.
    2. Provide a button to ask them to mute the app for next few hours. Which can be customised in the settings page.
    3. Provide user supplements by asking them to :-
      1. Open the music app and listen some music or a YouTube video,
      2. Suggest a game from user’s phone or ask to download a partner(sponsor) game/app.
      3. Open a random Wikipedia page.
      4. Suggest them to use productive apps to continue their study or some sort of preparations.
      5. Users can also select what kind of app they want in the warning page.
    app usage warning options.png simple_warning.png

    These options can be customized. And user can select what all apps s/he wants to get as suggestion. (for more details view attached PDF)

    What is the user value?
    Users get bored of their phone when they have nothing new to find on. They keep scrolling the same social networking apps again and again.
    User can be more focused on productive things. Like using study apps.
    Often happens, user sees all post on Instagram then opens Fb, again after a while opens Instagram. They keep changing the apps. This vicious cycle of opening the same apps again and again can add to boredom and users might start thinking that they are getting bored with their phones too.

    If there are existing comparable functions in the smartphone industry, how is your proposed feature superior?

    Not exactly the same but iOS has “Screen time” which limits the usage of an app as directed by the user in settings. Screen time limitation is basically to stop user from using an app for long. But it doesn’t give an alternative to the user or helps when user is bored.
    Netflix also has a user check pop-up appearing when a user watched Netflix for too long.
    With my proposed feature we can not only stop user from wasting time and getting bored but we can also offer a solution which will slowly lay them off from using the app/phone in access. And also help them focus on more important things.

    FOR MORE DETAILS view attached PDF
     

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  2. G_Yashi_Sharma_Qten
    Cupcake Feb 20, 2019


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  3. yashwanthkorla
    Donut Feb 20, 2019


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  4. yashwanthkorla
    Donut Feb 20, 2019


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  5. KeepTransisting
    The Lab - OnePlus 7 Pro Reviewer Feb 20, 2019

    KeepTransisting , Feb 20, 2019 :
    "You have been frequently using this app. Clearly you still want to use it, but we're going to ask you if you still want to anyways"

    That just seems something that can be fixed by even the slightest bit of self control.
     

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  6. LegolasX
    Jelly Bean Feb 20, 2019

    LegolasX , Feb 20, 2019 :
    don't you think it's spamming the user?
    and it will get annoying for users after some time. what if you are in the middle of something interesting or important on those apps and suddenly the warning and messages keeps popping asking you to play game instead? the second thing you will do is disable the annoying option. there goes your warning....
    also if one is addicted to phone and needs an app to tell them to things, then the person is already way past the line.

    also there are already apps Available for similar things. to control quit addiction.
    and if you are going to say OnePlus app will be better then i will say it will not. 3rd party app developers are better at what they do than OnePlus.
     

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  7. Neddard
    Lollipop Feb 20, 2019

    Neddard , Feb 20, 2019 :
    I think that "self control" and "personal accountability" just got added to the endangered species list. Not a good thing.......
     

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  8. J1550686816260
    Cupcake Feb 20, 2019

    J1550686816260 , Feb 20, 2019 :
    This thing is really good, why not give a alert setting like, configuring how much time to spend on which app
     

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  9. C1544444405776
    Eclair Feb 20, 2019

    C1544444405776 , Feb 20, 2019 :
    An overall limit for apps can be set in the settings page like mentioned in the document above. Configuring time spent on each app can also be done if the team feels it's the right way. Thanks for suggestion.
     

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  10. C1544444405776
    Eclair Feb 20, 2019

    C1544444405776 , Feb 20, 2019 :
    Yes, I wanted to enhance and make something better than what's available on other platforms.
     

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  11. C1544444405776
    Eclair Feb 20, 2019

    C1544444405776 , Feb 20, 2019 :
    Often the power of monitoring guides one to better way. We all want to enjoy, party all the time but a bit of guidance from our mentor makes us work hard. Take this as a case of a child wanting to play all the time and parents asking them to not play for too long. Isn't that the right way?
     

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  12. C1544444405776
    Eclair Feb 20, 2019

    C1544444405776 , Feb 20, 2019 :
    User isn't being spammed, in-fact is holding the option to select what type of suggestions they want, if they want any. Please read the above attached document for better understanding.
    And like I said above, Often the power of monitoring guides one to better way. We all want to enjoy, party all the time but a bit of guidance from our mentor makes us work hard. Take this as a case of a child wanting to play all the time and parents asking them to not play for too long. Isn't that the right way?
    I'm myself an app developer. Would love to work with the fully potential OnePlus team. if they want me to.
     

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  13. Neddard
    Lollipop Feb 20, 2019

    Neddard , Feb 20, 2019 :
    Aren't we supposed to have developed our own self-control by the time we become adults, whether we've become parents or not? No need for Nanny-Android to "advise" us, IMHO.

    Sorry... can't get behind this one.
    Kudos, though, for sticking with the idea, and trying to defend/justify it.
     

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  14. C1544444405776
    Eclair Feb 20, 2019

    C1544444405776 , Feb 20, 2019 :
    We should have developed ourselves in such a manner to have self control. Alas! we haven't. I too feel the sadness which you are feeling but such a lack of concentration and forced boredom calls for such a feature.
     

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  15. Neddard
    Lollipop Feb 20, 2019

    Neddard , Feb 20, 2019 :
    I disagree
    It calls for introspection, learning, and self-behavior-modification.

    It's dangerous to become less and less self-reliant in our everyday lives. Machines are not the answer, IMHO. It's a dangerous slippery slope to weakness, both physical and mental.
     

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  16. B1550743880269
    Cupcake Feb 21, 2019


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  17. Saten9
    Cupcake Feb 22, 2019

    Saten9 , Feb 22, 2019 :
    This feature is much needed as we start getting bored with our phones 1 or 2 months after the purchase. This will make things interesting
     

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