Android Auto to SPICE up your car with split-screen design, and more smart bits

Android Auto gets an upgrade that allows you to run apps in split screen and as well enjoy a new freshened up interface. Here are all details.

| Updated on: May 14 2022, 09:43 IST
Android Auto
Android Auto gets a new interface as part of the latest update. Here are all the details.  (Google)
Android Auto
Android Auto gets a new interface as part of the latest update. Here are all the details.  (Google)

Android Auto is getting an upgrade to make your driving experience just a little bit better! If you rely on an Android phone and Google's services to get around the town, the Android Auto interface becomes a must-haven your car's infotainment screen. And Google is now updating it to make the most out of it. Most of it has to do with the user interface that now looks more modern than ever, and Google I bringing more video content as well as casting capability to the forefront. Basically, your car's infotainment screens about to get feature rich.

Google says that the new Android Auto interface prioritizes three major functions that drivers use the most — navigation, media, and messages. “This summer, Android Auto will roll out a brand new interface that will help you get directions faster, control your media more easily and have more functionality at your fingertips,” says Google.

Android Auto becomes better for cars

In order to keep the focus uniformly on these functions, Android Auto brings new split-screen mode. “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 favourite commute podcast,” says Google.

And the best part is that the interface can adapt to various screen sizes , both in portrait and widescreen, and even more. Hence, whatever kind of screen your car has, Android Auto will adapt to its dimensions the right way.

Then there's the Google Assistant that will bring more contextual suggestions such as suggested replies to messages, playing recommended music, and more. “In addition to using your voice, you can now quickly message and call favorite contacts with just one tap, and reply to messages by simply selecting a suggested response on the screen,” says Google.

For cars that come with Android Automotive OS, they will be able to access more video streaming such as Tubi and Epix Now alongside YouTube. These models will also be able to let you browse the web from the car display and even cast your content from the phone to the screen.

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First Published Date: 14 May, 09:43 IST