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Google Assistant Is Bringing Driving Mode To Android Devices

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The Google Assistant Driving mode has started appearing on some Android devices according to XDA-Developers. The company first announced the feature in 2019 at its I/O developers conference.


However, the UI looks quite different from what Google showed at the developer’s conference. XDA-Developers said it first noticed the feature about two weeks ago after users reported sighting a new navigation interface in Google Maps.


The ‘Google Assistant settings’ item in the Navigation settings of Google Maps is now updated with the description ‘manage driving mode’. The description used to read ‘Google Assistant settings’, and tapping on it would just open the general settings page for Google Assistant. Tapping the item will now open up a new driving mode settings page for Google Assistant.

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Mishaal Rahman at XDA-Developers said he saw the new driving mode on a Google Pixel 4, an Asus ZenFone 7 Pro, and an LG Velvet. Rahman believes that the new mode will likely replace the Android Auto app on Android smartphones.


Google had said the feature will have been available on Android phones with Assistant, using a ‘Hey Google, let’s drive’ voice prompt. Then, it will bring up a dashboard with driving-relevant activities and other personalized recommendations. It will additionally provide infotainment features to drivers whose vehicles do not have touchscreen displays.


You can find out if your device has Assistant Driving Mode by opening Google Maps and then selecting ‘Google Assistant settings’ from the navigation settings menu. If the feature is not enabled, it would redirect you to the main Assistant settings section.


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