Immersed in the hundreds of notifications that we keep switching, we don’t notice that we spend most of the day keeping our eyes on the screen of our smartphone. And if the advice on how to do digital detox or smartphone baskets are not enough to make us switch off from the digital world, Google has seen fit to design a paper smartphone that, despite not being able to make phone calls, take pictures and surfing the internet provides us with essential information for daily commitments and is a valid alternative to reduce the use of the phone and maybe leave it at home for a whole day.
To try this innovative solution, simply install the Google Paper Phone free app and select which content we want to transfer to paper. We can choose between maps, reminders, contacts, weather forecasts, screenshots or calendars and, at the end, it will be possible to print on an A4 sheet the leaflet showing the information you want. Obviously, being able to export the activities related to the current day, Paper Phone will last only 24 hours.
Taking into account that the same app requires the use of the smartphone to generate the daily mini-agenda, the proposal of Google – besides being an experiment – was born to raise awareness for a use of the phone in a conscious and measured way. At the moment Paper Phone is only available for Android devices: no information is known about the release for iOS and other operating systems.