It’s been months, but the Android Auto overhaul is here. Google is currently rolling out a redesigned in-car experience for Android users. As mentioned in I/O, the redesigned interface streamlines navigation, communication and media playback. Maps are positioned more driver-friendly, and a split-screen view gives quick access to music and text regardless of the car’s screen orientation. Finally, a media progress bar has been added, and conversation shortcuts (shown below) can be used to make calls and reply to messages.
At the same time, Google is expanding the capabilities of Android Auto. New Pixel and Samsung phones will be able to make WhatsApp calls “soon,” the company says. rice field.
Besides Android Auto, there are several vehicle upgrades. Digital car key sharing is set to be introduced to Samsung phones in the near future, while Xiaomi phone owners will have the option available in late 2023. The key itself will also be available for manufacturers other than BMW, though Google has not said when. HD maps are coming to Polestar 3 and Volvo EX90 to enhance autonomy and assistance. YouTube is coming to cars with Google built-in, so you can watch more videos while charging or parked.
To some extent, an Android Auto upgrade was required. Apple has previewed the next-generation of his CarPlay interface, which is not only more convenient, but could take over much of a car’s infotainment system. While Google’s revamp isn’t directly equivalent, it could give automakers stronger incentives to support Android Auto in an increasingly competitive market.