Android Auto overhauled in new update

Phone-based infotainment operating system gets new-look interface, aimed at streamlining the software’s capabilities

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Google is set to release an update for Android Auto that will give the software a major overhaul.

Revealed ahead of Google’s I/O conference, taking place this week, the phone-based in-car infotainment system will receive the update in the summer — aimed at streamlining the software’s functionality.

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Its homepage now displays a design reminiscent of the app drawer on Android phones as well as opening the user’s preferred choice of audio and navigation apps automatically on start-up via a newly-introduced navigation bar. The bar also allows for turn-by-turn navigation instructions, music control and calls all at once.

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There’s also the introduction of a new notification centre — showcasing recent calls and messages at the touch of a button — as well as the option of a darker colour palette that Google says is ‘easy on the eyes’.

Finally, the software will now utilise all of the screen space available on cars with wider screen infotainment systems, rather than previously leaving bars either side of the display.

Launched in 2014, Android Auto is now supported in over 500 models from over 50 manufacturers around the globe. Owners of compatible Android phones and cars supporting the software can access it via a free app downloadable from the Play Store.

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Stuart Masson
Stuart Masson
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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