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Technology Google Assistant's driving mode for Android is nearly ready, one year later

01:15  18 october  2020
01:15  18 october  2020 Source:   engadget.com

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The new Google Assistant Driving Mode feature was first announced last year at Google I /O 2019, and it Subscribe to XDA. Receive the freshest Android & development news right in your inbox! Latest XDA News. The Google Assistant Driving Mode announced at Google I /O 2019 seems to

Assistant Driving Mode was announced over a year ago with no ETA provided, and we haven't heard anything 9to5 Google dug through the latest Google app beta, v11.31, and was able to get the setup screen for Could the year -plus-long wait for Assistant Driving Mode finally be coming to an end?

Google promised an Assistant driving mode for phones would arrive in mid-2019, but that clearly didn’t happen — over a year passed without any sign of it. It appears to be ready, though. XDA-Developers has discovered (via Android Police) that Google Assistant’s driving mode is at least partially enabled for Android users. The interface has changed considerably from the I/O 2019 demo you see above, but the concept remains the same with large buttons and text that let you chat, message and play music while keeping your driving distractions to a minimum.

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Assistant Driving Mode might offer to navigate you there, or to the location of your next calendar item. Eventually, Google says you'll be able to flick the dashboard up on Google Maps and Waze. Assistant Driving Mode arrives later this year on Assistant -enabled Android phones in the US.

The latest update of Android Auto, version 4.6, prepares multiple suggestions and warnings to use Google Assistant Driving Mode instead of the We’re now seeing our first evidence of this on the Android Auto side in its latest update, version 4.6, which includes multiple suggestions and warnings

graphical user interface, application: Google Assistant driving mode on Android Google Assistant driving mode on Android

The rollout appears to be server-side, and might be part of a test. It’s not attached to any particular versions of Google’s Maps or search apps, and also works on a variety of devices. Your access might depend on your account.

We’ve asked Google for comment.

It’s rare for Google to have Android feature delays this long, and it’s not certain what prompted the extended wait. However, the redesign suggests that Google wasn’t completely satisfied with the Assistant driving mode it showed at I/O. Whatever the reasoning, this gives you one more way to handle common tasks during your trips.

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