Over 500,000 Users Have Downloaded Quality Time!

October 14th, 2016

Over 500,000 users downloaded

We are extremely excited to announce that Quality time has reached a new milestone, with more than 500,000 users like you downloading our app. We would like to thank each and every one of you for your support.  This would not have been possible without your valuable feedback on how we can continuously improve the app and the new features that should be introduced.

Our team are thrilled to see how people worldwide are becoming mindful of how they spend their time on their mobile devices, and moreover, some are in fact taking actions to digitally unplug themselves using our app to focus on the task at hand. The United States tops the QualityTime download list with 19.03% of app downloads. This is followed by Germany with 12.15% of the app downloads; India with 6.13%, and Saudi Arabia with 4.94%. Taiwan is right behind with 4.72% downloads and last but not the least is the United Kingdom with 4.52% app downloads. Completing the pie chart are other countries such as Spain, Netherlands, Brazil and France with a total of 51.94% downloads. It’s incredible that QualityTime has reached such a global audience and that people around the world are enjoying more quality time.

Rated 4.3 on Android Play Store, we are always working towards how we can allow you to manage your digital diet better. Currently, we are working on this exciting feature which will enable you to download all the past mobile usages to analyze your usage pattern to do all sorts of fun analysis. So stay tuned.

It always warms our heart to hear your stories about how the app has helped you to make time for things you love doing, and manage your schedule away from technology in a way that works best for you. Do share your stories at support@zerodesktop.com. We would love to hear from you.

Thank you again for all your support!

QualityTime Passes 100k Downloads

May 18th, 2015

Since we launched QualityTime in January this year, we have had an overwhelming response, seen the app written about internationally, integrated with IFTTT technology and due to popular demand and launched a 2.0 version!

We are now delighted to announce that QualityTime has hit the 100,000 downloads milestone, and want to thank each and every one of you for your support. Your feedback has helped us to develop the app, and it would not be the same without you.

100,000 downloads means hundreds of thousands of hours saved using QualityTime, and we would love to hear about how you have spent your QualityTime.

Please get in touch with us at support@zerodesktop.com, and let us know what you have done with time previously spent on your smartphone. We love hearing how the app has helped you make time for things you love, and manage your digital diet in a way that works for you.

At Zero Desktop we look at different ways Cloud Computing can be used to help you, so we are also excited to announce that we will be launching a new app soon!

Watch this space for more information, and as always we will let you know first.

The ZeroDesktop Team

QualityTime 2.0 is here!

April 10th, 2015

Since launching QualityTime back in January this year, we have received an overwhelming amount of feedback and responses from many of you on how our app has helped you understand how much time you are glued to your smartphones. Many of you were shocked by your mobile behavior and took different methods to curb their mobile usages.

Once you know your mobile usage habits, what’s next? Many users told us that they were looking for ways to help them cut back their mobile usage addictions. They want to unplug from their devices to get some quality time but are afraid to do so because they may be missing out on important calls, messages or emails.

QualityTime 2.0 includes many new features that help address this exact need.

Here are top 10 new features in QualityTime 2.0:

1. Enhanced QualityTime profile that helps users minimize their smartphone distractions

You can now create different QualityTime profiles and customize how you want to unplug your smartphone during “Take a Break” or “Scheduled Break”. This means you can:

  • Block notifications,
  • Reject incoming calls with auto-reply text messages,
  • Define exceptions to allow incoming calls from ‘whitelist’ contacts,
  • Permit access to certain apps during those restricted periods.
  • Select the penalty time (how long) you have to wait before you can use the phone if you cancel your “Take a Break” early.

Once you create different QualityTime profiles, you can apply that profile to “Take a Break” or different “Scheduled Breaks” to tell our app how you wish to unplug to minimize unnecessary smartphone distractions.

2. “Take a Break” or “Scheduled Breaks”

Once you create your QualityTime profiles you can use the “Take a Break” and “Scheduled Break” features. Often you may want to block out unnecessary distractions from your mobile device for a certain period of time so you can focus on your work, homework or get the sleep you need. You can use “Take a Break” to immediately unplug your smartphone for an extended period of time, or plan your “Scheduled Breaks” in advanced (e.g. family time, bed time, study time) with start/finish time on repeating schedules. You can choose different QualityTime profiles for “Take a Break” or “Scheduled Breaks” to tailor how you wish to unplug.

We even created a “Take a Break” Android widget to provide one-click access to “Take a Break”.

3. Unplug your smartphone based on what’s important to you

During your “Take a Break” or when a “Scheduled Break” is underway, you will see the blocking screen which prevents you from accessing the device. However, you can still make phone calls (phone icon) and access your important apps (middle tile icon).

Depending on how you defined your QualityTime profile, you will still be able to receive calls from your ‘whitelisted’ phone contacts while blocking out all other callers with an auto-reply message feature. If you really want to exit the break early, you can terminate “Take a Break” or “Scheduled Break” with the X icon. However to discourage you from exiting your detox ahead of time you will need to wait for your specified early-exit penalty (e.g., 30 seconds) to elapse.

4. Missed notification center

if you enabled the “block notifications” feature in your QualityTime profile, our app will automatically capture all your blocked notifications during your “Take a Break” or “Scheduled Breaks”. That way you won’t miss anything important. You can always refer to this missed notification center to catch-up what is important to you after your detox.

5. QualityTime Dashboard widget

Get a quick glance of today’s usage status with the QualityTime dashboard widget. Now you don’t need to open the app to get an idea of what you’re using.

6. Screen unlock history & set usage alert

You can now find your daily and weekly screen unlock history. The history shows how many times you have unlocked the screen to access your phone, which is an indication on how addictive you are to your smartphone. If you need to cutback your smartphone access, set a ‘screen unlock’ usage alert (e.g. 50 times/day), and the app will prompt you when you exceed the limit.

7. Define app usage alerts for different apps

You can now define up to 5 different app usage alerts (from the previous limit of 3) to cut down addiction to specific apps (e.g. addictive social/gaming apps).

8. Support for 24-hour display format

The timeline now converts to 24-hour display format based on your local device time settings.

9. Material design

We upgraded our UI/UX based on Google’s Material Design. If you have an Android Lollipop device (version 5.0 and above), you will see the enhanced Material Design details like responsive animations and transitions, depth effect such as lighting and shadows to provide a refreshing new visual look.

10. More language support

French and Korean language support has been added. We now support six languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Korean.

We want to thank our brilliant users who provided us with feedback to make our app even more awesome. We are always open to your thoughts and suggestions. Let us know how we are doing by sending an email to support@zerodesktop.com.

Thank you for joining us in taking control of your digital diet!