Of course, you can also access multimedia applications such as YouTube, Spotify, VLC and Google Podcasts when you use Google Assistant's driving mode. However, compared to Android Auto, Google Assistant's driving mode apps are few (less cluttered) and have larger cards, so you're not easily distracted. Driving mode is just one of the many Google Assistant features worth exploring. Not to mention that Google has discontinued Android Auto for phone screens and replaced it with Google Assistant driving mode.
Even if you receive an incoming text message or call, Google Assistant can read it for you without interrupting the navigation screen. That's because you don't need to mirror your smartphone screen to the vehicle's infotainment screen if you're using Google Assistant's driving mode. The Google Assistant application for your phone incorporates a voice driving mode, the company announced today at its annual developer conference. Google originally told us that it was going to close the map card that appears at the top of the driving mode panel (more commonly known as the home screen), which was launched more than a year ago.
The icon in the center returns you to the home screen and the icon in the lower right part (the four boxes) allows you to access the applications available in driving mode. It is accessed after starting navigation by driving and has a black bar with access to the Assistant and a grid of application icons (seen on the right below) for YouTube Music, Google Podcasts and other compatible streaming services. If you want to access driving mode in Google Assistant, there are several ways to do so. In driving mode, for example, you can see if you have a reservation for dinner and, if so, you can quickly tap to navigate there through Google Maps.
Driving mode was already perceived as a degradation compared to Android Auto, but some people liked it, and Google noted that millions of people use both instances of driving mode every day. According to Google, if you want to use driving mode in Google Assistant, you must have a smartphone with 4 GB of RAM installed with the Android version 9.0 or higher. Unlike Android Auto, which must be compatible with specific cars and sound equipment, Google Assistant's driving mode can work with any vehicle. Google now tells us that it will close the entire assistant driving mode panel on November 21. Basically, you can control everything in Google Assistant's driving mode using voice commands without taking your hands off the wheel.