Published: Tue, May 07, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

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

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

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. Now you can be in Google Maps and control your Spotify playlist on the same screen or even take a call from the nav bar.

Other niceties include the ability to get into your auto and immediately have your music playback continue and your default navigation of app of choice spring into action.

As before, you'll use Android Auto by connecting it to your car's infotainment system. Simply tap on a suggested location or say "Hey Google" to navigate to a new place. Your default navigation app will load automatically, with a list of suggested locations. Where there was previously an extra space, there will now be next-turn directions and playback controls. That's according to a company blog post today from Android Auto product manager Rod Lopez, who adds that Google will be sharing more details at Tuesday's "What's New with Android for Cars" session during I/O.

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Music on Android Auto is a little bit finicky. 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. Instead, Google will be working closely with automakers to embed the software into their cars.

Over the past five years, Android Auto has expanded to support more than 500 vehicle models from 50 different brands. Google has just announced a massive redesign for Android Auto that makes it easier to manage notifications, access apps, and control media. We should hear more about it at I/O 2019 this week.

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