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With iOS 11, Apple’s iPhones can now routinely silence all notifications and alerts when the telephone determines you are driving — to maintain you centered on the highway.

Now, Google is cribbing that helpful characteristic for the brand new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

The brand new Pixel Ambient Providers app, which can come preinstalled on Google’s newest flagships, contains the characteristic — although it is off by default. You will must allow it within the Do Not Disturb settings earlier than it begins checking to see in the event you’re driving. 

The app says it makes use of a mixture of Bluetooth and machine movement to inform, presumably by checking whether or not your telephone’s accelerometers are bouncing round and in case your telephone’s Bluetooth radio sees alternatives to connect with Bluetooth-enabled vehicles.

Word the app is unique to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL for now — you’ll be able to’t set up it on earlier Pixel gadgets (we checked) and it isn’t a part of a broader Android launch that phonemakers can add to their new gadgets, both.

However do not rule that out: It is Proinertech’s understanding that Google’s accumulating suggestions earlier than deciding whether or not to roll out the characteristic extra broadly. Like Google Lens, one other characteristic that’ll be unique to Pixel at launch, it could arrive on different gadgets quickly.

The characteristic was initially reported by Android Police.


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