Google Home and Assistant to get some Digital Wellbeing features soon

Donna Miller
September 13, 2018

The 9to5Google team has discovered material in the the latest Google app for Android that points to these digital health features coming to Home speakers and other Assistant-equipped devices.

In Google Calendar, Digital Wellbeing can automatically enable Do-Not-Disturb mode for calendar invitations and events, while on YouTube it tracks the number of videos you're watching.

Back in May, Google announced that it would be bringing its Home smart speakers to seven new countries, including South Korea.

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The feature isn't live yet - in 9to5Google's APK analysis, tapping the button just opened the Google Home app, where the features aren't yet live. Of course you can always remove any of the Digital Wellbeing filters if they're getting in the way of your life, but it's very much a positive move to give people the choice to use them if they need to. The "Family mode" or "Filters" is now meant to refrain kids from searching unsupervised content and voice games.

The new settings have introduced some different set of options for Google Home users. While the exact functionality isn't clear, there's a Downtime feature that could stop people from using Home at certain times of the day, such as when they're winding down at the end of the night.

The smart assistant can recognize as many as six voices and provide personalized answers for each speaker.

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