The new version of Android Auto – which enables users to connect their phones to car displays – has been released by Google. The company’s updated application now focuses on three important areas: navigating where you’re going, communicating with friends and family, and playing music or podcasts.
With a revised design, Maps is now situated closer to the driver’s seat to enable users to easily see where they are going. A new media card also includes Google’s ‘Material You’, which can display a user’s favorite album artwork. A quick launcher means recently used apps can be accessed more efficiently.
Android Auto can be used with the vast majority of OEM systems. The split-screen layout can be adapted to screens of different sizes, including widescreen or portrait-style systems.
Google Assistant has been updated to provide smart suggestions including missed call reminders, quick arrival time sharing and instant access to music or podcasts. Furthermore, on-screen shortcuts make it quicker to reply to messages and call favorite contacts. A progress bar for music and podcasts has been added to enable users to skip ahead when listening to media. The latest Pixel and Samsung phones will soon be able to make calls using WhatsApp with Android Auto.
Users can already share their digital car keys via Pixel and iPhone. Google will provide an update later this year to enable Samsung and Xiaomi users to do the same. To enhance the interior space, Google will soon add YouTube and additional entertainment applications.
Google built-in is now available on the 2023 Honda Accord, joining a wide array of other OEMs including Volvo, Polestar, Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac and Renault. The company has also announced that its application will expand to other vehicle manufacturers, such as Ford and Lincoln, later in 2023.