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Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL gets iOS 11’s DND driving mode

Like iOS 11, the DND mode will detect when the car is in motion for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users.

  • Published: October 7, 2017 2:31 PM IST
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Apple’s iOS 11 comes loaded with some nifty features like screen recording, iPad dock, and DND while driving. The DND driving feature however will no longer be exclusive to iOS users as Google has also introduced it for the newly launched Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

Prior to the launch, Google had released the Pixel Ambient Services app on Play Store. This app revealed the presence of always-on music ID feature for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Android Police has discovered another feature in the app, which is the DND mode while driving. Turning on this feature will enable the device to detect when the vehicle is in motion and automatically mute notifications.

It isn’t clear though if the notifications can be customized for specific contacts. It is said that the app will use Bluetooth to determine whether the connected vehicle is in motion or not. Pixel Ambient Services app is currently exclusive to Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. Google’s always-on music feature shows the ‘Now Playing’ track on the lockscreen. The feature looks quite sleek with the notification located at the bottom of the screen which is a part of the Pixel 2’s ambient display. ALSO READ: Pixel 2 Google Photos unlimited storage is not truly unlimited after all

In comparison, the DND mode on iOS 11 also detects when the user is driving and mutes alerts by keeping the screen dark. Users can also set the ‘Auto-Reply To’ message for their recent contacts, Favorites, all contacts or none at all. If a message is received in DND mode, the auto-reply message is forwarded but for emergency cases, the sender can reply saying ‘urgent’, and the user will receive the notification. ALSO READ: Apple to introduce hundreds of new emojis on iOS 11.1

As Google’s Pixel 2 smartphones hit the shelves, we’ll get a better idea on how the DND feature works. Pre-orders for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will begin in India on October 26 with sales starting on November 15. The Pixel 2 64GB and 128GB variants are priced at Rs 61,000 and Rs 73,000 respectively. As for the Pixel 2 XL, the 64GB model is priced at Rs 73,000 and the 128GB variant at Rs 82,000. ALSO READ: Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL India prices start at Rs 61,000 up to Rs 82,000; here is when they go on sale in India

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  • Published Date: October 7, 2017 2:31 PM IST