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Following Google’s announcement of Digital Wellbeing last year, manufacturers have been coming up with their own way of getting people to take a break from their phones for a period of time. Earlier this year, OnePlus announced Zen Mode for its phones, a feature that locks you out of most phone functions for a period of 20 minutes or more. Now, Xiaomi has announced that MIUI will be getting a similar feature called Focus Mode.
The announcement was made on Weibo today by the head of MIUI. He revealed that the feature is now available on the developer version and can be accessed by going to Screen Time Management under Settings
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MIUI’s Focus Mode will allow you to choose from five different time settings. You will be able to set the duration to 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes, or 90 minutes. During this period, your phone will be unusable. It should remain that way even if you restart the device.
It is too early to say when Focus Mode will be available for stable users. We also do not know if all Xiaomi phones will get it but we have a feeling all devices updated to MIUI 11 will get the feature.
Google has made it mandatory for all devices sold after September 3 running Android Pie or Android 10 with Google Apps and Google Services pre-installed to come with a digital wellbeing solution with parental controls.
Manufacturers are required to either integrate Google’s Digital Wellbeing app or develop their own custom app that complies with certain requirements. This rule is also applicable to devices that get updated to Android 9 Pie or Android 10 after the aforementioned date. This explains why so many software updates we have seen from manufacturers in recent weeks have Digital Wellbeing included.
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