The Pixel 2 Stole iOS 11’s Best Features


Apple’s iPhones can now automatically silence all notifications and alerts when the phone determines you’re driving — to keep you focused on the road.

Now, Google is cribbing that handy feature for the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

The new Pixel Ambient Services app, which will come preinstalled on Google’s latest flagships, includes the feature — though it’s off by default. You’ll need to enable it in the Do Not Disturb settings before it starts checking to see if you’re driving.

The app says it uses a combination of Bluetooth and device motion to tell, presumably by checking whether your phone’s accelerometers are bouncing around and if your phone’s Bluetooth radio sees opportunities to connect to Bluetooth-enabled cars.

Note the app is exclusive to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL for now — you can’t install it on earlier Pixel devices and it’s not part of a broader Android release that phone makers can add to their new devices, either.

The feature was originally reported by Android Police.


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