Android Auto has been upgraded so intuitively that it bugs us. The biggest challenge Google faced with Android Auto was adapting to the ever-increasing screen sizes in the world of car infotainment. There are now different sizes of vertical and horizontal center displays, and the old Android Auto didn’t fit in very well.
But that’s changed with the latest overhaul and cards are coming. The screen is divided into smaller slots and the largest slot is filled by the map (of course!). Google also gave the new Android Auto an intelligent twist that lets you interact with and reply to text messages. In short, significantly fewer clicks and more swipes to complete new updates.
Google is also pushing built-in Android Auto to help automakers unlock all the benefits of flexible in-car entertainment (and now assist) systems.like car makers volvo, polar starWhen Honda Enjoy all the new Android Auto features for the first time.
Several major American automakers are also participating in Google Built-in Experiences. The all-new Apple CarPlay can’t match it, but Google with Android Auto is far behind.
New Android Auto gets a fluid new card interface
The most notable upgrade comes visually in the form of new card layouts. We understand that people don’t like clicking multiple times to get to the desired feature or software in their car. So this car system puts everything you need within a “swipe” distance. The released image shows a split layout on the screen, with the map taking up most of the space and the rest being filled by the media player.
These two are the most popular applications for users on the move. And, of course, Google has placed the map closer to the driver for easy map viewing on the go. The “fluid” part comes with better and optimized core software that makes Android Auto super smooth. That means goodbye jitter!
The new Android Auto expands Digital Key Sharing capabilities. Sharing a digital car key between Pixel and iPhone was easy. But now Google is making it easier for Samsung and Xiaomi to get these keys. This feature is also being integrated into more car manufacturers. for now, BMW Support these car digital keys.
Google Built-In for Car is packed with new features
In the same way that Google TV is better than Android TV (I still don’t understand why there are two in the first place!), the cars that have Google support built in are wired or wireless android auto. The most important improvements come in the form of higher quality maps and improved navigation.
Google now offers high-resolution maps with detailed cars with Google built-in. The first models in this lot include the Polestar 3 and the Volvo EX90. The list is growing rapidly, with cars like the 2023 Honda Accord joining the list. These maps are future-proof and support autonomous driving technology and safety assistance features.
Apart from these, HD maps also provide details such as lane markers, road signs, and barriers. Google also integrates Google’s built-in his Waze app into many cars.inspired by the way Tesla Google, the entertainment company, has doubled down on entertainment with the new Android Auto.
You can enjoy various streaming services on the infotainment screen even when the car is stationary. Tubi and MGM+ are already available, YouTube and more coming soon. Other automotive companies participating in Google’s built-in support system include: chevrolet, GMC, CadillacRenault.
Google’s new Android Auto is like water
Finally, Android Auto is now adaptive when it comes to display size. So no more awkwardly stretched proportions or blank side or top displays. All this adaptability is due to the in-vehicle system being able to readjust according to the size and orientation of the display.
So whether it’s a vertical display like those found in Teslas and now Polestars, or sleek vertical displays like those found in Lexus cars, the new Android Auto blends in like water in a bottle! , in any display size configuration, the map takes up most of the display, cleverly and intuitively filling the remaining space with other widgets.
Android Auto just got smarter
The new Android Auto is very smart while driving. It comes with a simplified version of notifications in the form of reminders. Strictly limited to phone calls, location updates and suggestions, these are little cars that slide out from the top or bottom of the screen with single-click functionality.
This is a really cool feature and greatly simplifies how we communicate safely on the road. This is an adaptive feature and may change depending on the messages received. Always have the Google Assistant at your disposal, even in complex situations.
For now, Android Auto is catching up to CarPlay!
Apple also recently announced the biggest CarPlay upgrade ever. It has revolutionized the way in-car entertainment systems are perceived. Apple offers deeper integration by taking over the instrument cluster and even certain car functions beyond navigation and entertainment.
By comparison, Google is taking a small step, but heading in an equally ambitious direction. Android Auto is now catching up. Or should I say play it safe?! Either way, we’re really humbled by how these two in-car entertainment giants will shape the future of mobility.