Google Pixel 2 will automatically switch to ‘DND mode’ when in motion

Pixel 2

Google launched its Pixel 2 line-up at an event on October 4. The flagships display size, battery life and camera specifications are almost similar to last year’s Pixel. At the same time, there are many new additions in the latest series. The smartphones are powered by the brand new “Ambient Services” app. There’s also a special kind of “Do Not Disturb” mode that automatically activates while the user is driving.

Everything you need to know regarding ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode

The “Do Not Disturb” mode wasspeculated to arrive on Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. This is because Google had published its app listing on Play Store way before they launched their products. The app listing consisted of “Do Not Disturb,” as well as the “Always-On Music ID” modes. The company plans on introducing these features as a part of its Pixel Ambient Services. Google describes its services as being, “based on local context for Pixel devices.”

Android Policespotted screenshots showcasing the latest modes. The screenshots suggest that the smartphone will automatically go into the “Do Not Disturb” mode when it detects that the user is driving. The settings read, “This rule automatically turns on “Do Not Disturb” while you’re in a moving vehicle, determined by device motion and Bluetooth connections.” The software will make the detection possible through motion and Bluetooth.

Drawbacks of the feature

While the new feature may sound exciting, it does come along with drawbacks. For instance, the software is not designed to make out the differencebetween whether the user is sitting as a passenger or is actually driving. The smartphone will merely detect whether the vehicle is in motion. “The sensor input from the phone will look the same if you’re a passenger as if you’re behind the wheel,” the Android Police report states. If the result is positive then the device will go into the “Do Not Disturb” mode. The users will be required to manually turn off the “Do Not Disturb” mode after they are done driving.

Google is not the first in the market to introduce such a feature. Samsung and Apple also launched the special mode on their respective flagships (Galaxy Note 8, iPhone 8) this year. In fact, both the smartphones carry the ability to auto-reply when the user is driving. Whether Google’s handsets will carry the same ability or not, has not been confirmed yet. The latest modes will be made available on Google Play Store. The company is expected to make an official announcement about the same in the near future.

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Shailesh Sharma