In November last year, Google released a preview of its long-awaited Google Assistant driving mode for Android users in the United States. The company has now expanded the preview program to more regions outside of the US, including India.
Google Assistant’s Driving Mode Expands Outside the US
According to Google support post seen first by 9to5Google, the Google Assistant driving mode is now available to English-language Android users in Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, India and Singapore. Google notes that you will need an Android phone with at least 4GB of RAM running Android Pie or higher to use the feature.
For the uninitiated, the assistant-assisted driving mode offers convenient features, such as the ability to use your voice to send and receive calls and text messages. You can also have the Assistant read your message out loud, and the feature also integrates with popular music streaming services.
When we tried to access the Assistant driving mode on various devices meeting the company’s eligibility criteria here in India, it was not available. This suggests that the feature is undergoing a progressive release and should hopefully be available to everyone within a few days.
To check if you have Assistant driving mode on your Android phone, open Wizard settings with the command ‘Hello Google, open the Assistant settings’. Now, go to the Transportation section. If you see a switch for driving mode on this page, enable it to access the function. Also, don’t forget to update the Google app to the latest version via the Google Play Store to increase your chances of seeing this feature in action.
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