Google Assistant Riding Mode Gets New Bluetooth Auto-Launch Feature
The Google Assistant will now automatically launch Driving View as soon as your phone connects to your car’s Bluetooth. As reported by the people of 9to5Google, the feature started rolling out as part of the Google app v12.39.
The new auto-launch option is set to “Do nothing” by default, so you will need to choose “Ask before launching” or “Launch driving mode” for this to work. There is also a second new option which can automatically launch the driving mode on the best Android phones when driving is detected.
The two new options can be accessed by going to Assistant settings> Transport> Riding mode / Google Maps settings> Navigation settings> Google Assistant settings in the Google app.
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As confirmed by Google earlier this year, the Android Auto phone experience ends with Android 12. Google Assistant driving mode will now be the integrated mobile driving experience on all Android devices.
The latest update to the Google app also brings the new dashboard UI that Google unveiled last month. The new Driving Mode dashboard features readable and actionable maps with all the basics you need.
You will no longer need to scroll to do things like check who called you recently and resume media from services like Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, and Pandora. Google is also improving the messaging experience while driving by allowing users to hear new messages read aloud and respond to them by voice. To activate the feature, just say “Ok Google, turn on autoplay”.
Besides the United States, the Driving View is also rolled out to Android phones in Australia, Canada, Ireland, India, Singapore, Germany, Spain, Mexico, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. .