Sunday, 13 October, 2019


Android Auto's new look is darker, packs more onto vehicle screen

Android Auto's new look is darker, packs more onto vehicle screen Android Auto's new look is darker, packs more onto vehicle screen
Melba Vasquez | 08 May, 2019, 21:22

Google has pushed out a new update to the connectivity suite of Android Auto bringing in new features and a redesigned interface. Meanwhile, according to Google, 50 car brands in 500 models rely on Android Auto; all other cars can be retrofitted with a car mount via smartphone and a Bluetooth connection to the car radio.

Google is sharing what's new in Android Q, and beyond the things we already knew, the list is quite hefty.

It's also darker - you'll notice fewer flashes of white and darkened backgrounds - and supposedly easier-to-read fonts, which sounds helpful since you're driving. For instance, if you're using Google Maps, you won't need the full app open on the screen, as the new navigation bar will show you turn-by-turn directions.

Android Automotive, explained here and here, would no longer be like Apple CarPLay or Android Auto, a mirrored version of your phone, but an integrated infotainment system inside the vehicle that would arrive as a template, letting automakers mould it to their own needs. There's also a button on the navigation bar that gives you instant access to the Google Assistant, while the Home button now resides in the bottom left corner. Google has now announced that it will be updating Android Auto with a new look and improved features. Notifications also get minor updates, enabling the driver to view, listen to or respond to various highlights.

While it's nice the Android Auto wants its software to fit in nicely with your vehicle's interior, it's even better that this now makes it easier to see at night than it did in the past. Examples include getting turn by turn directions, rewinding a podcast or taking a call. Also on the call by "Okay Google" the system reacts then immediately.

The new UI is cleaner, faster and more intuitive to use.

Google hasn't revealed a timetable yet for the update's release beyond simple noting it will be here "later this summer".

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