After all the big hardware and software announcements during the I/O 2022 keynote presentation, Google is today sharing some updates for cars with Android Auto and vehicles with Android Automotive-based infotainment systems.
Detailed as part of Google’s “What’s new with Android for cars” session, the biggest upcoming change is an updated user interface for Android Auto aimed at making it easier to navigate, control media, and communicate with drivers. others while driving. To accommodate the larger screens of new cars, the company offers a standard split-screen view on all devices so you can see directions, music and texts at the same time. This means you’ll be able to quickly pause a song or see a new message without having to navigate through a bunch of menus and settings.
In addition to this, Google is also improving support for responsive layouts which can adapt more easily to the growing variety of displays in new cars. So whether you have an extra-wide panoramic display on your dash or a large portrait-oriented display, the Android Auto UI can always display all your relevant information. Meanwhile, to improve hands-free controls, the Google Assistant has better pop-up suggestions for things like returning missed calls, text arrival times and more.
Finally, for owners of cars with Android Automotive-based systems (such as new vehicles from Ford, Volvo and others), Google is expanding your in-car entertainment options with broader support for video streaming apps. Earlier this year at CES, Google announced the ability to stream clips from YouTube, and now the Tubi TV and Epix Now apps will be added soon. Remember that you can only watch videos when the car is parked, so don’t try to stream and drive. And in the future, the company said it also plans to allow passengers to stream content from their phones to their vehicle’s built-in screen, although there’s no concrete timeline yet to know. when it will be available.
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