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Google Pixel 2 borrows one of the best features from iOS 11

The Google Pixel 2 and its larger sibling can automatically enable a Do Not Disturb while driving mode, it has emerged.

AndroidPolice recently discovered a Play Store listing called Pixel Ambient Services, which also features references to the Do Not Disturb mode.

Within the app, there’s a setting that enables users to automatically enact the DND mode when driving.

Driving is detected by a combination of the phone’s motion and also the Bluetooth connection to the car. Naturally, the feature is designed to discourage smartphone use while driving.

Related: Pixel 2 hands-on

iPhone users will recognise the feature from the new iOS 11 update, which automatically enables the mode while drivers are on the move.

What’s not clear is how Google will handle the feature for passengers simply seeking to pass the time with some smartphone browsing.

In iOS 11 the company allows users to by pass the functionality by selecting “I’m Not Driving” when opening the phone.

Related: iOS 11 review

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were announced at the Made by Google event earlier this week.

The smaller handset, built by HTC, offers a 5-inch 1080p screen, Snapdragon 835 processor and the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system.

The LG-manufactured Pixel 2 XL has a 6-inch QHD display with the same processor and operating system.

Both phones promise significant camera upgrades.

We’ll have full reviews in due course, so stay tuned.

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