Revamped Android Auto interface becomes the first major news of Google I/O 2019

Google I/O technically doesn’t start until tomorrow, but Google has taken the wraps off of their plans for Android Auto tonight, anyway.

The Android-powered smart car software is getting a new coat of paint that aims to make things quicker and easier to use, which should ultimately be a little safer, too.

This update will be rolling out to compatible Android Auto units later this summer.

  • Get on the road faster: As soon as you start your car, Android Auto will continue playing your media and show your navigation app of choice. Simply tap on a suggested location or say “Hey Google” to navigate to a new place.
  • Stay on top of your apps: With the new navigation bar, you’ll be able to see your turn-by-turn directions and control your apps and phone on the same screen.
  • Do more with less taps: With the new navigation bar, you’ll be able to easily control your apps with one tap. Get turn-by-turn directions, rewind your podcast or take incoming call all on the same screen.
  • Easily manage communications: The new notification center shows recent calls, messages and alerts, so you can choose to view, listen and respond at a time that’s convenient and safe for you.
  • A color palette that’s easy on the eyes: We’re evolving Android Auto’s design to fit in better with your car’s interior. A dark theme, coupled with colorful accents and easier to read fonts, also helps improve visibility.
  • A screen fit for more cars: If you have a car with a wider screen, Android Auto now maximizes your display to show you more information, like next-turn directions, playback controls and ongoing calls.

There’s a lot to unpack here, but some highlights include Android Auto automatically starting your media and giving you navigation suggestions right when you start it up, being able to see your phone calls and apps on-screen while you have navigation going, and fewer taps to do everything. Oh, and there’s a dark mode. Seems like that’ll be the theme at this year’s keynote.

Keep an eye out for more about this throughout the week.

source: Google

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo’s Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.

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