Earlier this month, many Pixel owners reported on Reddit that Google Wellbeing is causing the handsets to slow down in terms of performance. Many have claimed that turning off the Google Wellbeing has vastly improved the performance of these said devices.
Google responded with an official statement saying that, after a “thorough analysis” and some “internal testing” Wellbeing is not the one to blame for the issue. The PixelCommunity account on Reddit has replied on a thread saying that there has been “no performance issues associated with the Digital Wellbeing app on Pixel.”
Google identified what’s causing the issue and says that a solution is on the way
Pixel owners, particularly Pixel 3, found that slowing down of their devices has vastly improved when Google’s Wellbeing app was disabled. Google’s feedback did result in implementing “unrelated” changes that should help improve performance.
The company has then launched an investigation and identified the issues that were causing the Pixels handsets to slow down. Now, the company is in the process of rolling out an update to fix these issues.
Google’s response to the various thread on Reddit says:
Thank you for bringing this to our attention and sharing bug reports with us. We’re committed to continually improving Pixel based on user feedback.
We conducted a thorough analysis based on the bug reports and internal testing, and have found no performance issues associated with the Digital Wellbeing app on Pixel. During the investigation, we identified changes unrelated to the bug reports for improving performance, and we are in the process of rolling out those changes to make your Pixel device better. As always if you experience issues related to performance or any other aspect of Pixel, please review the troubleshooting steps in our online support tool or reach out to customer service.
Complaints about the Wellbeing has been going on for a couple of weeks now. The app is available on all Pixel phones, Android One devices, and a couple Android smartphones.
The app runs in the background of the users’ phones, monitoring how long they use certain apps. Users can also set timers to limit usage of the certain apps.
Google Wellbeing primarily promotes a healthy balance between tech and life allowing users to make better decisions and do more productive things.