The Google Assistant Driving mode that the corporate first introduced in 2019 has began showing on some Android gadgets, XDA-Builders reported. The UI appears considerably totally different from what Google showed at its I/O developers conference final yr. XDA says it first observed one thing was coming about two weeks in the past, when customers reported seeing a brand new navigation interface in Google Maps.
It’s not clear whether or not the rollout of this new mode is a part of a check or shall be coming for all customers. Mishaal Rahman at XDA mentioned he noticed the brand new driving mode on a Google Pixel 4, an Asus ZenFone 7 Professional, and an LG Velvet, and he surmises that the brand new mode will exchange the Android Auto app on smartphones. That appears in line with what Google advised The Verge final yr.
Whether or not the brand new mode will embody all of the options Google described when it first unveiled the driving mode additionally isn’t but clear. It was meant to be accessible on any Android cellphone with Assistant, utilizing a “Hey Google, let’s drive” voice immediate that may deliver up a dashboard with driving-relevant actions and different personalised suggestions. And it might present infotainment options to drivers whose automobiles aren’t outfitted with touchscreen shows.
The voice immediate doesn’t seem to work but even on gadgets enabled with the brand new mode, in keeping with Android Police. To see in case your system has Assistant Driving Mode, open Google Maps and from the navigation settings menu, and choose “Google Assistant settings.” If it’s not enabled, you’ll be taken to the principle Assistant settings part.
Google didn’t instantly reply to a request for extra data Sunday.