Zen Mode Shows you How to Spend 20 Minutes in a Meaningful Way

  1. Gary C.
    OxygenOS Product Lead Staff Member Jun 6, 2019

    Gary C. , Jun 6, 2019 :
    At a family reunion dinner, while children are fully focusing on their phones, parents are uncomfortably seated aside.
    On a supposedly romantic date, the couple both attach their eyes on their screens instead of the beloved one next to them.
    At a social gathering, friends that haven’t seen each other for ages are busy handling their phones rather than their companions.

    These scenarios mentioned above are quite familiar to us, aren’t they?

    In our life, it seems that the phone has an increasingly stronger grip on us. A more convenient life, yet increasingly alienated from the world around us. In other words, rather than make our lives easier, smartphones have actually added to our anxiety and burden. If putting down your phone is such a difficult task for you, we are glad to help you do it with. Our Zen Mode offers you a chance to stay away from your phone and back to life for a while.

    What is Zen Mode
    With Zen Mode turned on, your phone will transform into an irresponsive “brick” that can only be used to answer phone calls, make emergency calls and take photos.

    Why Zen Mode
    From a phone company's stance, why have we developed such a feature that urges our users to stay away from phones? The answer to that stems from the fact that we have discovered that smartphones are disturbing its users in various ways—they spend too much time and energy on phones and ignore other important matters.
    We are always committed to developing “burdenless” products for our users. We expect our users to think of our product when they need it, still keep away from harassment when they don’t need it, so that they can concentrate on the most important thing at the moment. Zen Mode might work in a way that’s considered a little bit too tough. But our intention is to offer users a chance to free themselves from the attachment to phones in a more interesting and ritual way. And it also provides a summary of historical records to help users realize that they are becoming better.

    How to use Zen Mode
    Zen Mode can either be accessed from Quick Settings after pulling down the status bar or Shelf after adding the widget.
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    1. When you enter Zen Mode for the first time, we kindly remind you that there are quite many important occasions in life that deserve your special attention, such as social gatherings, family reunions, and dates with your lover.
    2. After tapping on Start, you will see the challenge rules of Zen Mode. That’s right, we deem this as a challenge for you to become a better self.
    3. After tapping on Start in the bottom right corner, you will officially enter Zen Mode. Still you have three more seconds to change your mind.
    4. During 20 minutes in Zen Mode, you can focus on other significant matters. When you can’t help but look at the screen, you will be greeted with incentive words from us to encourage you to resist the temptation and carry on.
    5. Upon finishing the challenge, you will get a fulfillment card in which you can choose or edit the thing that you concentrated on while taking the challenge. You can also share this card to your friend to show what you have accomplished.
    Zen Mode also provides a summary on your historical records in which information about the challenges that you have taken is documented, such as usage times, days, total time, and etc. You can also share this summary page.
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    Easter Egg
    If you pay attention to the countdown display in Zen Mode, you would notice that the color of the starry sky in the background will change while the countdown progresses. The background gradually shifts from dark night to dawn, which means that as you have enjoyed your life during this time, your phone has also got some sleep, and you have also changed for the better.
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    If you like our Zen Mode or have any suggestions, please let us know!

    Never Settle.

  2. YRJ
    The Lab - OnePlus 7T Reviewer; Community Hero 2020 Jun 6, 2019

    YRJ , Jun 6, 2019 :
    That would be an expensive affair! :eek:

  3. GopalB.
    Nougat Jun 6, 2019

    GopalB. , Jun 6, 2019 :
    One question...
    When we enable zen mode, do all the background processes stops or they just go in hibernation or they are kept active but the notifications are snoozed???

  4. GopalB.
    Nougat Jun 6, 2019

    GopalB. , Jun 6, 2019 :
    Super hush hush secret... It was called "brick mode" before they settled on "zen mode"... :tearsofjoy:

  5. Gaston NP
    Lollipop Moderator Jun 6, 2019

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  6. GopalB.
    Nougat Jun 6, 2019

    GopalB. , Jun 6, 2019 :
    So should we look at the screen or focus on other tasks and resist the temptation... [​IMG]

  7. gvamsi_krishna
    Gingerbread Jun 6, 2019

    gvamsi_krishna , Jun 6, 2019 :
    Hey @Gary C. thanks for explaining about the Zen mode. But I have following queries:
    Why the Digital Wellbeing is not provided for OnePlus mobiles?
    Are you providing this Zen mode replacing Digital Wellbeing?

    Feedback for Zen mode:
    1. Need more Zen mode notification intervals
    2. Option to choose time to auto-start Zen mode.
    3. Option to choose different duration of Zen mode rather than 20mins.

  8. Maverick2.0
    KitKat Jun 6, 2019

    Maverick2.0 , Jun 6, 2019 :
    You can simply hit the "Again" button.

  9. manuel19
    The Lab - OnePlus 8T Reviewer Jun 6, 2019

    manuel19 , Jun 6, 2019 :
    Hey Gary,
    thank you for this insight on the Zen mode! :D
    I have one minor regard, and that is, that the quotes being shown in zen mode make it feel like a hold off until you can use your phone again. I would rather have it telling me I should get away from it and enjoy other things and motivate me to stay away from it for even longer.

  10. gvamsi_krishna
    Gingerbread Jun 6, 2019

    gvamsi_krishna , Jun 6, 2019 :
    I know that we can do but if you want to set Zen mode for 60mins. It would be better option to set it once rather than starting it 3 times.
    It depends on the individual preference, that's why I didn't ask to increase/decrease the current 20min to any fixed duration but asked for option to choose the duration by user itself.

  11. guanyu210379
    Jelly Bean Jun 6, 2019

  12. gvamsi_krishna
    Gingerbread Jun 6, 2019

    gvamsi_krishna , Jun 6, 2019 :
    Lol!!! If turning the phone off is the solution, what's the use or purpose in developing the Zen mode.

  13. Moin2200
    KitKat Jun 6, 2019

    Moin2200 , Jun 6, 2019 :
    I turned it on and spend 20 minutes staring at my screen waiting for it to stop.

    Just a joke

  14. Moin2200
    KitKat Jun 6, 2019

    Moin2200 , Jun 6, 2019 :
    You mean android Q beta? ;):p

  15. GopalB.
    Nougat Jun 6, 2019

    GopalB. , Jun 6, 2019 :
    That was "project bri-Q"... [​IMG]

  16. DracoSura
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jun 6, 2019

    DracoSura , Jun 6, 2019 :
    Why don't you guys focus on implementing always on display/persistent notification indicator and improving camera processing to match gcam ports. No one requested a feature like zen mode. Instead of wasting time on features like this one, please focus on what the community is requesting.

  17. GopalB.
    Nougat Jun 6, 2019

    GopalB. , Jun 6, 2019 :
    You must have enjoyed that Easter Egg... [​IMG]

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  18. GopalB.
    Nougat Jun 6, 2019

    GopalB. , Jun 6, 2019 :

  19. Moin2200
    KitKat Jun 6, 2019

    Moin2200 , Jun 6, 2019 :
    It was a very pretty egg.

  20. GopalB.
    Nougat Jun 6, 2019

    GopalB. , Jun 6, 2019 :
    Mission accomplished... [​IMG]

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