Google announced that it is launching a major design overhaul of Android Auto that will roll out to all compatible automobiles this summer.
“The new interface is built to help you get on the road faster, show more useful information at a glance and simplify common tasks while driving,” Google’s Rod Lopez explains.
Here’s what’s new.
Faster and smarter startup. Android Auto will now start as soon as you start your car, and it will continue playing whatever media you were playing previously and display the navigation app of your choice.
New navigation bar. A new navigation bar lets users see their turn-by-turn directions and control their apps and phone on the same screen. That new navigation bar will also lead to less tapping since most of what you need will already be on the screen.
New notification center. A new notification center will display recent calls, messages, and alerts, so you can choose what to view, listen and respond at a time that’s convenient and safe for you, Google says.
Prettier design. Android Auto will provide a new color palette that’s easy on the eyes. “We’re evolving Android Auto’s design to fit in better with your car’s interior,” Lopez says. “A dark theme, coupled with colorful accents and easier to read fonts, also helps improve visibility.”
More efficient display. If you have a car with a wider screen, Android Auto now maximizes your display to show you more information, like next-turn directions, playback controls, and ongoing calls.
Google says it will detail more of the new Android Auto functionality this week at Google I/O.
<blockquote><em><a href="#426218">In reply to robinwilson16:</a></em></blockquote><p>No experience with Google Auto but Google Maps on Android (experience limited to the US) displays it for a majority of roads now. </p>
<p>I haven't used Android Auto so maybe there is something I am missing but it seems far more thought out and just looks better than Apple's CarPlay. </p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#426365">In reply to jrickel96:</a></em></blockquote><p>If it is worse than CarPlay that it is pretty bad. I have an iPhone and CarPlay is just god awful. </p>
<p>Another lost train by MS … windows 10 could have been a big hit in cars!</p>