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Google finally unveiled their 2017 flagship offerings – Pixel 2 and XL 2 at an event on October 4. The smartphones don’t carry any significant changes in comparison to their predecessors. The company has made the devices available for pre-orders. Surprisingly, Google has already run out of stock. Despite the fact that they have nothing new to offer, they have managed to be high in demand. The smartphone lineup is expected to begin shipping in the next few weeks. According to a report by Tech Radar, Google has apparently ripped off one very important feature from #Apple’s iOS 11.

Everything you need to know

The search giant plans on integrating this feature-in-question through an automatic software update to Pixel 2 and #Pixel Xl 2 smartphones.

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The feature was first spotted by Android Police. It’s a special #Do Not Disturb mode designed for when the owners are driving their vehicles. This mode automatically mutes all the incoming notifications. The “Do Not Disturb” mode is designed with the objective to allow owners to focus on one task (driving) at one point in time. As further reported by Android Police, the firm also plans on launching a new app called “Pixel Ambient Services.”

This works parallel to the “Do Not Disturb” mode. The feature essentially takes care of automatic driving detection. It also allows users to activate the “Do Not Disturb” mode without having to manually do so. In other words, the smartphone automatically detects the vehicle in motion and turns on the “Do Not Disturb” mode.

Issue with the feature

While this may come across as a technologically-advanced feature, there’s one problem with it.

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The smartphone does not possess the ability to differentiate between whether the user is actually driving or just sitting in the passenger seat. It simply detects the vehicle (that the owner is seated in) in motion and turns the “Do Not Disturb” mode on. The feature is surely helpful for those who travel on-road a lot. A feature similar to this was introduced by Apple in iOS 11 too. The technology giant unveiled their 2017 software update back in July this year.

The OS was rolled out in forms of different developer previews before finally being available last month. The company also unveiled three iPhone devices this year – iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. The iPhone X marks Apple’s 10th-year-anniversary with the iPhone family. The first phase of iPhone X is scheduled to roll out in the first week of November.