Wear OS is pulling an Apple by introducing ‘School Time’ for kids



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What you need to know

  • The new Google Play Services update is bringing with it a feature specifically for school children— a school time mode.
  • This will help parents set school time limits for certain apps and also silence their devices during school hours.
  • The feature is not yet available but may roll out soon.

This month, Google has included a new feature on its latest Play Services v24.18 update aimed at Wear OS devices. According to the changelog, the company is preparing to bring a ‘School Time’ feature to WearOS smartwatches for children. 

According to the update, parents will be able to set School-Time limits for apps that their child can use and also silence their device during school hours to limit unnecessary distractions. 

As reported by 9to5Google, this new update will block apps and watch face complications but still allow temporary access to things such as Activity Rings with a set number of “unlocks.”

Google Pixel Watch worn on a wrist with beaded bracelets.

(Image credit: Namerah Saud Fatmi / Android Central)

If you feel like you’ve heard about a similar concept elsewhere, you’re not wrong. This update sounds a lot like the Schooltime mode on Apple watches, which allows you to set up multiple schedules during a day—like from 8:00 a.m. to noon and then 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.—and customize the days of the week this schedule repeats.



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