After years of teases and a boring twist that turned it right into a Google Maps function, Google Assistant’s ‘Driving Mode’ would possibly lastly begin to appear like Google promised it might all the way in which again in 2019.
Since Google first introduced it as a alternative for the on-phone model of Android Auto, the corporate has slowly launched extra multi-tasking inside Google Maps — a minimum of till now. With Android 12, you may say “Driving mode,” and your telephone will shift right into a simplified structure that’s extra suited to driving.
That stated, this labored for me the primary two occasions I attempted it, after which after that, it simply kicked me to the Google Maps Driving Mode each different time. Also, each time I attempted to navigate someplace within the app, it pushed me to Google Maps.
At the highest, there’s both a search bar so that you can use to set a nav level or a prompt route. Below, there are a number of music/podcast suggestions and buttons to ship a message or name.
There’s a slimmed-down app drawer on the very backside of the display and a button to set off Google Assistant.
Overall, it appears to be like loads cleaner than both Android Auto or the Assistant mode in Google Maps. It’s additionally value noting that there’s a ‘Now Playing’ part that means that you can management the playback or shuffle your songs whenever you’re taking part in music.
If Google carried out buttons for some fast areas at that prime of the display, this could be an ideal Android Auto alternative for many individuals since, at its core, it must be good at navigating folks to locations. However, as of proper now, it doesn’t undertake your machine theme like different new Android ‘Material You’ components.