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The Pixel 2 just stole one of iOS 11's best features - CNET

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A screenshot from the Google Play store. Screenshot by Sean Hollister/CNET

With iOS 11, Apple's iPhones can now automatically silence all notifications and alerts when the phone determines you're driving -- to keep you focused on the road.

Now, Google is cribbing that handy feature for the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

The new Pixel Ambient Services app, which will come preinstalled on Google's latest flagships, includes the feature -- though it's off by default. You'll need to enable it in the Do Not Disturb settings before it starts checking to see if you're driving.

The app says it uses a combination of Bluetooth and device motion to tell, presumably by checking whether your phone's accelerometers are bouncing around and if your phone's Bluetooth radio sees opportunities to connect to Bluetooth-enabled cars.

Note the app is exclusive to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL for now -- you can't install it on earlier Pixel devices (we checked) and it's not part of a broader Android...(continued)

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