An Indian couple has developed a new app to curb smartphone addiction which calculates the amount of time users spend on their phones and reminds them to take breaks.
The new BreakFree app measures how long you spend using apps, how often you unlock your phone and how much time you spend making phone calls. It calculates an “addiction score” based on these metrics, Mashable reported.
Also, if you are using a particular app for long or making too many calls or have used the phone for over an hour, the app will notify you to slow down.
The app was developed by Mrigaen Kapadia and his wife Nupur Kapadia who co-founded a startup called Mobifolio.
BreakFree also provides users with phone management tools such as disabling the internet, rejecting phone calls and sending auto text messages.
For young smartphone users, BreakFree can be used as a parental control device. By installing it on the child’s smartphone parents can monitor their phone usage, internet hours etc.
Sep 20, 2014