OnePlus’ new Digital WellPaper app turns your app usage into one of three live wallpapers on Android. Apps have been simplified into six categories – social, lifestyle and communication, entertainment, gaming, information and business, and tools – that translate into six colors within each background that become more or less prominent as you use the apps.
Both iOS and Android already have the ability to track app usage at the system level, but you generally have to go to a special menu to actually see the information. The advantage of Digital WellPaper is that this usage information – albeit in an abstract form – is central, so you are aware of it every time you look at your home or the lock screen. OnePlus hopes this will help Android users “visualize and better understand their everyday digital habits.”
Google has experimented with similar initiatives in the past. In 2019, it released a series of experimental digital wellness apps to the Play Store, including Unlock the clock, a live wallpaper that shows how many times you unlocked your phone that day.
OnePlus says the new app, “put together” by the in-house experimental software team OneLab, should work without consuming too much of your phone’s battery. It only generates a new image once when you unlock your phone, instead of constantly updating in the background. More details on how to use individual apps can be found in the Digital WellPaper app.
Digital WellPaper is now available on the Google Play Store and works on devices running Android 7.0 and above.