Assistant Driving Mode was announced at I/O 2019 to exchange Android Auto on telephones. It was alleged to launch that summer season however was delayed, and is now happening with Android 12. Forward of that, the homescreen UI unveiled over two years is lastly showing in Assistant Driving Mode.
Back in November, Assistant Driving Mode launched in Google Maps for US customers. That later noticed an international expansion with the expertise largely confined to the present navigation mode with a big, touch-friendly name notification and media app launcher.
As of at the moment, “Hey Google, launch Driving Mode” and different variations (“Let’s drive”) will launch an Assistant homescreen that was beforehand not accessible. On the high of the display is a faux-map cowl picture with Assistant emblem within the nook and “I’m not driving” to exit. When you have a current or ongoing journey, you get a map card with an ETA. In any other case, there’s a search bar that opens a sheet with current locations, shortcut to open Maps, and voice entry.
Subsequent is “For you” media strategies (YouTube Music, podcasts, information, and many others.) with a faucet opening media controls subsequent to it. Relying on whether or not the aforementioned map is displayed, you additionally get repeat and shuffle. On the backside are voice instructions shortcuts to “Ship a message” and “Make a name.” Like earlier than, Assistant enter and the app launcher is on the backside with a toolbar that permits you to shortly return to navigation.
This Assistant Driving Mode homescreen is solely powered by the Google app as you’ll be able to inform from opening Recents multitasking. That mentioned, you’ll be spending most of your time in Google Maps, however the homescreen is helpful when you don’t want navigation (for a neighborhood journey), and simply need media and voice.
In comparison with the unique model announced on stage, it seems much less like Assistant Snapshot. The actual fact it’s not a feed is definitely an enchancment in that scrolling whereas driving may not be most secure interface.
We’re seeing this new UI stay on Android 12 with the newest Google app beta (model 12.35), however not Android 11 or earlier. This is smart as “Android Auto for Phone Screens” is shutting down within the upcoming OS launch.
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