Google's Android Auto gets new look

May 08, 2019, 01:56

There are now two gestures: Swiping up from the bottom of the screen takes the user to the Home screen, holding brings up Recents. Apps can be controlled from almost any screen with one tap. It will start updating important OS components in the background, which means you don't have to restart your phone to install a security patch.

For cars with a wider screen in the head unit, Android Auto now maximizes the display to show more information, such as playback controls and ongoing calls.

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Google says it's also darkened the interface overall, to match the interiors of most cars and also easier on the eyes. Once the feature has been switched on, your phone's interface will change to something that's much more suited for driving.

Not only does the new Android Auto interface have a new dark mode theme to prevent any sort of night blindness along with better support for widescreen vehicle display, but there's also a new navigation bar that lets you see your turn-by-turn directions and things like phone controls and your favourite apps, all at the same time.

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In a blog post today, Google revealed that it will roll out a revamped Android Auto later this summer. This has been a puzzle the company has been struggling with for quite a while, and it's slowly been making. some amount of progress, thanks to initiatives like Android 8 Oreo's Project Treble, or decoupling some system apps from the OS and updating them straight from the Play Store. The new version removes the app shortcuts from the system bar's navigation and instead turns it into a mini app bar. Under Settings, you'll also find a new Location section that gives you more transparency and granular control over the location data you share with apps. You can view, listen, and respond to any missed call or message. When enabled, it allows you to silence apps that may be distracting to you during times you need to focus. Still, at least Google is working on it.

Android Auto is one of the best things to happen to a car's center stack.

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