Android Auto has been updated with new look, better split-screen functionality

Android Auto users are in line for a fairly big update coming soon. Google unveiled a completely new look and design for Android Auto at its Google I / O event last week, and the main takeaway is the new flexibility.

Car manufacturers are not exactly compatible with the different screen sizes and adaptations used in vehicles. Many favor the widescreen format, others prefer the vertical-based portrait layout, and many more. This was problematic for Android Auto before, as it was not designed to fit the screen perfectly with every possible screen shape. Also, a fancy split-screen function was only supported for a small number of vehicles. Now, however, Google says it has solved the problem. Android Auto can now be long and skinny or short and wide, regardless of the size and shape of your car screen. And, a new split screen function should work in every car.

Outside of better integration, Android Auto Look has been refreshed to make it even more so with the latest Android software you see on the phone. Fonts, sizes and general UIs should now be more familiar on stock Android powered Android phones.

The above mentioned split-screen mode also gets a new design for this version of Android Auto. Google says the data it collects about how people use Android Auto shows that people use it primarily for navigation, media and communications. Therefore, the split-screen view now consists of three tiles for those three things. This means you can see your NAV, current media and any missed communications (text, phone calls) all in one place. Of course, if you prefer to focus on a specific app, such as navigation, you can magnify any one of them.

Google’s final announced change for this new Android Auto is better support integration. The car will actively suggest replying to text messages from friends, or allow you to share a quick arrival time with a person of your choice. It would even recommend music options.

All of these changes are set to roll out “in the coming months,” so if you’re an Android Auto user, keep an eye out for new features and new features in your car’s infotainment system this summer.

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