Google has announced the Pixel Ambient Services app which is exclusive to the Pixel 2 family of smartphones. The apps descriptor on the Play Store reads, “Pixel Ambient Services provides features based on local context for Pixel devices.” Going through the screen shots of the app, one can clearly see the do not disturb mode.
It isn’t clear how the phone will determine if you are the one driving. The sensor will pick up on the fact that you are in a moving vehicle but it isn’t necessary that you are the one behind the wheel. It is possible that the phone needs to connect via Bluetooth to your cars audio system to register you as the driver. However, there are many times when the passenger has connected his/her phone to play music. We will look into the feature in detail when the phone launches in India in November.
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will go up for pre-orders in India from October 26. The Pixel 2 will be sold in the country from November 1, at 1000+ retail stores and Flipkart. The Pixel 2 XL starts selling from November 15. The Pixel 2 will be available for Rs 61,000 for the 64GB variant, while the 128GB version will be priced at Rs 70,000. The Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, will start at Rs 73,000 for the 64GB variant, while the 128GB version of this device will cost you Rs 82,000. Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL run on the Snapdragon 835 chipset and sport 12.2 megapixel rear cameras, with dual-pixel sensors. You can check out our detailed spec comparison between the Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2 along with other flagship phones here.
Google also announced the Pixel Buds, a pair of wireless headphones to compliment your Pixel 2 smartphone. One of the key features demoed was real-time language translation. One thing to note is that the Pixel Buds real-time translation feature will only work when the headset is paired with either the Pixel 2 or the Pixel 2 XL and not with any android smartphone.