Google detailed a major update coming to Android Auto at its I/O developer conference today. The update coming this summer will introduce a brand new UI designed to adapt to any screen size, with a new split-screen functionality that will keep navigation and media controls front and center.
“With split screen mode, now standard across all screen types and sizes, you’ll have access to your most-used features all in one place — no need to return to your home screen or scroll through a list of apps. With your navigation and media always on, you won’t have to worry about missing your next turn while changing your favorite commute podcast, Google explained.
Google Assistant is also becoming more capable on Android Auto. The assistant will be able to surface contextual suggestions when replying to messages, including sharing arrival times to contacts, and also play recommended music while you’re driving. Without using the Assistant, Android Auto will also soon let users message and call favorite contacts with just one tap or easily reply to messages by choosing a suggested response on the screen.
Android Auto is also about to become a better entertainment platform with YouTube, Tubi, Epix, and more video streaming apps coming soon. “As we work to add more capabilities to cars with Google built-in in the future, you’ll be able to not only browse the web directly from your car display, but also cast your own content from your phone to your car screen,” Google also said today.
Since its launch back in 2015, Android Auto has really matured with better navigation features and a Car App Library now including over 200 apps. Google also announced that the number of vehicles compatible with Android Auto has now crossed over 150 million worldwide.