Android Auto gets an upgrade that lets you run apps in split-screen and enjoy a fresh new interface. Here are all the details.
Android Auto is getting an update to improve your driving experience a bit! If you rely on an Android phone and Google services to get around town, the Android Auto interface becomes a staple of your car’s infotainment screen. And Google is currently updating it to make the most of it. Most of that has to do with the UI now looking more modern than ever, and Google I is bringing more video content as well as streaming capabilities to the forefront. Basically, your car’s infotainment screens are about to get feature-rich.
Google says the new Android Auto interface prioritizes three main functions that drivers use the most: navigation, media and messages. “This summer, Android Auto will roll out an all-new interface that will help you get directions faster, control your media more easily, and have more features at your fingertips,” Google says.
Android Auto is getting better for cars
In order to keep the focus on these functions evenly, Android Auto brings a new split-screen mode. “With split-screen mode, now standard across all screen types and sizes, you’ll have access to your most-used features in one place – no need to return to your home screen or scroll through a list of With your navigation and media always on, you won’t have to worry about missing your next turn while editing your favorite commute podcast,” says Google.
And the best part is that the interface can adapt to different screen sizes, both portrait and widescreen, and even more. So whatever type of screen your car has, Android Auto will fit its dimensions the right way.
Then there’s the Google Assistant which will provide more contextual suggestions like suggested replies to messages, recommended music playback, and more. “In addition to using your voice, you can now quickly message and call your favorite contacts with just one click, and reply to messages by simply selecting a suggested reply on the screen,” Google explains.
For cars with the Android Automotive operating system, they will be able to access more video streams such as Tubi and Epix Now alongside YouTube. These models will also be able to allow you to browse the web from the car screen and even stream your content from the phone to the screen.