Why the solutions to the digital attention crisis will emerge from Google > Apple.

Apple’s design philosophy stifles innovation in this category.

iPhone users are bending their backs to make their phones less distracting, in order to reclaim their productivity, relationships and mental wellbeing. The leading solution so far is a manual, 12-step, back-door, unintelligent “grayscale” trick, which is merely a half measure.

Moment is one of the top apps in this category for iOS.

Apple could solve this problem. But don’t hold your breath.

Must we be presented with a grid of bright corporate logos every time we open our phone 150x/day?

Must we have no way to monitor and limit our usage?

Must all badges and push notifications be turned on by default?

Must our only options for notification delivery be all the time or never?


Is Android the land of opportunity?

The consequence for app developers is that they have the freedom on Android to customize the global-experience of using the device.

Siempo exemplifies the opportunities developers have to improve the user interface of smartphones. Disclosure: I work for Siempo.

What would an Oprah Phone or Tony Robbins Phone look and feel like?

A Headspace Phone or CrossFit Phone?

Welcome to a Hello Kitty digital life.

Android users are free to seek out 3rd-party apps that provide a healthier global-experience, and Android app developers are free to innovate in the digital wellness space.

Android is your best bet if you struggle with tech addiction or want to be part of creating the solution.

  • Siempo Launcher lets users batch notifications and unbrand app icons
  • Luna Launcher features geo fencing to block selected apps when one’s child is at school or home
  • LilSpace and Thrive include an SMS autoresponder
  • Go Gray will allow grayscale trick scheduling




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