Android app suddenly has timed practice
I'm not sure how I turned it on, and I would like to turn it off. How?
It does not seem to be a choice. However, I can still practice individual bubbles without a timer. I was lucky to have a bunch of bubbles with grey bars on my French course, so I exercise those manually instead of letting Duo pick exercises for me. Works well so far. And the website is still an option - I made a shortcut to the website on my tablet home screen. (Probably less practical on a phone.)
I am not sure if normal people learn better under pressure or just think it is fun to be rushed - I am certainly not one of those. (But then I hate roller coasters too, so I may not be a typical human.) Or it could be to make sure we see an ad after a minute, rather than up to five minutes with the old exercises. Someone's got to pay for serving 150 million users.
No announcement anywhere. So it seems they are not proud of it. That means it was probably to show more ads, after all, rather than some kind of attempt to improve the app. That is just sad. If they are in money trouble they should just ask for help, not make learning more difficult.