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Google Is Testing Compatibility With Apple’s Screen Time Feature To The Chrome Browser

Google is looking towards incorporating the Apple products feature “Screen Time” into the Chrome browser interface.

Let’s tackle the obvious question out of the gate: “what is Screen Time”? A feature introduced with iOS 12, Screen Time allows Apple users to actively record the amount of time they’re spending using their digital products. Time can be differentiated between application usage, categories of specific applications, and notifications in order to provide consumers a holistic picture of their average screen time. This way, especially in such a technology driven landscape, users can self regulate and determine what eats up most of their screen time as well as ways of reducing it down to more healthier limits. Blocking tools are also built into the feature, allowing users to block certain applications after a set number of time using them runs out, adding to more effective management of one’s on-screen time.

Screen Time eventually grew out of its iOS confinement, going on to become a feature available on the Mac OS as well, and the feature as a whole saw applications being supplemented by the addition of websites and domains. Another important decision, especially considering how much laptops and desktops govern both our professional and social life, and how much of that time is spent online. At any rate, apparently Google has noted the importance such a feature holds, and is looking to develop compatibility with Apple products.

A Chrome change request dug out by tech professionals saw the development of the incredibly popular browser in terms of running the iOS version of Screen Time. This manifested in the form of an experimental flag on the Canary build of Chrome, Google’s go to version for testing out new features still in the development cycle. Certain users have also noted that macOS compatibility is being looked into as well, if Canary’s flags are anything to judge by. Ultimately, the goal is clear: Google finds the feature useful and instead of attempting its own spin on it, is content with letting users run Apple’s version on their respective devices.

There could be more behind such a decision. Ultimately, it could help develop a better relationship between Google and Apple, two of the leading tech giants across the world. A good rapport between the two will ultimately only prove to be beneficial. Another take could just be Google ensuring that Chrome’s popularity stays on the rise. By adding compatibility with Apple’s features, Chrome only offers further contention to Apple’s own Safari browser, making it further irrelevant to the general populace.


H/T: CS.

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