New ‘Heads Up’ feature whines distracting Android users to look up while walking


Android’s Digital Wellbeing service is getting a new ‘Watch Out’ feature, prompting users to stop staring at their phone while walking, XDA Developers reportsThe feature appears to be rolled out to it beta version of the Digital Wellbeing app, and a Twitter user reports that they have received the feature on their Pixel 4A device.

“If you walk while using your phone, get a reminder to focus on what’s around you,” says the Heads Up settings page. The reminders include short notifications with instructions like ‘Watch your steps’, ‘Stay alert’ and ‘Look up’ judging by an app teardown last year through 9to5Google

“Use with caution. Heads Up is not a substitute for caution,” says Google, despite the obvious clarity of such advice. distracted walking is becoming increasingly dangerous

Digital wellbeing is a service built into some Android phones to help manage your usage. For example, it can be used to set limits on the amount of time you spend in specific apps, or to set up a “bedtime mode” to make a phone less distracting late at night.

XDA Developers reports that Heads Up appears to be the first to come to Pixel phones. We’ve reached out to Google to learn more about the rollout.