Android Auto gets new launcher, Google Assistant badges and more

By Digit NewsDesk | Updated Jul 31 2019
Android Auto gets new launcher, Google Assistant badges and more

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Google is rolling out a new update to Android Auto

The update includes features such as a new app launcher, Google Assistant badges, and more

The update will roll out over the next few weeks

Google has announced a new update for its Android Auto platform. This update will come to all vehicles running the official version of the platform and will roll out over the next few weeks. The update includes a new app launcher, Google Assistant badges, improvements to how media is played and more. Google made the announcement via its official blog. “As you hit the road this summer, Android Auto is sporting a new look with features that make driving more simple, personal and helpful,” the company writes.

The new Android Auto update adds a new app launcher that is aimed at being more streamlined. The bottom left button will bring up the app launcher, with the commonly used apps featured on the top row. Further, several icons will now feature a Google Assistant badge. Tapping that icon will prompt Assistant to read out the information to you. This includes weather reports, news, reminders and more. Android Auto will now also automatically pick up music and podcasts from where you left off. However, the feature is limited to media apps compatible with Auto.  

The new update also introduces updates to navigation. If you already have a route queued on your phone, Android Auto will automatically populate the directions and start navigating to the location. Further, the navigation bar will now sit at the bottom of the display, letting users manage multiple apps more easily. There is also a new notification button that lets users access recent calls, messages, and alerts. Further, Android Auto now supports widescreen displays.

Google notes that this new version will not be reflected in Android Auto on the phone. The phone screen experience will be switched to the Google Assistant’s new driving mode that was showcased at this year’s Google I/O.

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