While driving you usually keep your smartphone in your pocket and not touch it. But there are time when you know that there can help you navigate and pass time listening to music. You have to pay attention to safety as well.
The real concern is that mobile interfaces are too immersive and it can be dangerous to use the device while driving. Let us review Drivemode and see if it meets your expectations that is usability and safety.
To navigate Divemode helps you with directions to any place you want to reach. It save you most visited locations under “favourites”. To enter a new location you have the tap on “SOMEWHERE ELSE” option.
This lead you to a new window that permits you to explore new locations, access latest ones, get location details from your calendar(your meetings) and access your favourite spots. Modest app but yet it is fun.
When the app is not in use it will be place itself on the top left of your phone screen but with a single swipe or tap it can be easily pulled up.
The interface is really modest, made of four screens designed for 4 driving functions: contacts, music, navigation and settings. You can toggle between the functions, and Drivemode says the name of each function when selected.
At the bottom you will find the blue Contacts screen. Tapping it will displays a large list of favourite contacts which can read aloud when pulled up. If you tap the contact it gives you shortcuts to text or to make a call. You can look up to your contacts using voice search.
To access the music screen, you need to swipe up your contact screen. Here you will find audio controls. To skip forward and back, swipe horizontally. To adjust volume, swipe vertically.
To change the music app, you have to access the menu in the upper-left corner. It will help you to swap between Google Play Music and Spotify.
It can also display addresses associated with upcoming calendar appointments and recent SMS messages.
The last screen has the Settings button that has options such as their favourite lists of navigation, music and communications apps and contacts. Here you will find the option of do-not disturb mode, for automatically read incoming text messages, etc. You also have the option of launching the app when you connect the Bluetooth.
It is freely available on Google Play Store.
Picture courtesy- innovationmovement.com
by techtalks @TechTalks December 14, 2015 8:27 AM UTC