Drive Mode

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  1. Yeti35

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    Is there anything in this phone that works like Motorola Assist in that you have a drive mode? My Droid Turbo would read messages to me over my car speakers when I was in Bluetooth mode and allow me to reply hands free. I know Verizon's Message plus has a Drive setting, but I don't like that messenger program. I want to stay with the stock Android Messenger. Only feature I seem to be missing at the moment from my Droid Turbo.
     
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    Not sure how Motorola Assist works but check to see if Google's drive mode is similar. If the S8 is anything like my N5, try hard pressing a home screen, select shortcuts, then drive mode.

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    Are you referring to Widgets? There is no shortcut when I long press home screen. Drive in Widgets is for Google Drive, that is for storage, not what I am looking for.
     
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    Let me see what happens when I try it on the original launcher. Hopefully it works the same. Be right back with update...

    Update: long press on home screen, select widgets, go to maps, then select drive mode.

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    Still not sure this is what I need. Motorola Assist Drive mode would alert me to incoming text while driving and also allow me to reply to those text all hands free. It would also if I chose to read that text to me via Bluetooth while in my car. To be clear this is not a Bluetooth headset or an add on to my vehicle. It just worked via their built in app when I turned on Bluetooth and was driving.
    I appreciate your help on this. :)
     
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    I'll have to experiment with this, myself. My car's Bluetooth does much of this except allow me to reply to text hands free.

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    To my knowledge no other manufacturer offers a native Driving Mode option like Moto's where you can totally respond to new SMS Texts hands free. I have heard of apps that are similar (but not as good) and some vehicle Bluetooth systems have this kind of functionality built in (as Tis mentioned). But I don't think anyone else has developed a "Driving Mode" feature like the Moto App. I'm surprised this has not become native to Android after Google bought Moto for their patents. Many of the original Moto App features from the 2013 Moto X have been Incorporated into stock Android...Except Driving Mode.

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    Yes, I am surprised it is not in there as well. This phone is my first venture outside of the Moto regime and I just thought every one had a version of this feature. I guess I'll have to live with out it now. :(
     
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    My teenage daughter tried a similar app with her Moto G4+ (the G4+ does not have Driving Mode either since it's a Global phone) and said it was "OK" but nowhere near as good as Moto's Driving Mode. I'll try to remember and ask her what the app name was.
     
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    Global phone should not have anything to do with it since my Turbo was a Global phone too and had it.
     
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    Sorry, I wasn't clear enough. Global as in sold in all countries and not specific to the US. The Turbo was global unlocked but still a Verizon exclusive. The G4+ is not sold by Verizon, or other US carriers. For some reason, Driving Mode is not an option on phones made for global sales like the Moto G, and Moto E series. Driving Mode seems limited to US Moto models like the Droid line, Moto X, and some newer phones like the Moto Z.

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    Hi all, there is an app in the Playstore called "Drivermode" which I think is an excellent app for what your looking to do, take it from someone who drives for a living, check it out and see what you think
     
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