Google rolls out massive updates to Android Auto

Android Auto has been round since 2015 and since its inception it is gotten progressively extra purposeful and aesthetically pleasing. Based on a weblog submit printed on Thursday by Google outlining the way forward for its automotive merchandise, that development appears to proceed.

The adjustments to Android Auto aren’t groundbreaking, however they need to make for a way more elegant, simple and secure option to mirror your cellphone to your car. Essentially the most important change comes within the type of a brand new and configurable launch display that can present music, information and podcast suggestions. Customers may also be capable of set which app launches when Android Auto begins up. (Google didn’t present photos or video of the brand new system on the time of publication.) 

Taking a web page out of Tesla’s e-book, Android Auto will now enable customers to play video games by way of their car’s display when parked. This characteristic will work with any cellphone working Android 9 or later. We do not know but which video games will work effectively on this setup, however we very a lot expect to find out.

The opposite massive information is that Android Auto will now help dual-SIM customers and assist you to choose which SIM card you are utilizing to make a name or ship a message. Alongside comparable traces, Android Auto will now assist you to select both your private profile or your work profile, so you may extra simply deal with enterprise whilst you’re motoring.

Polestar and Volvo are among the many handful of producers utilizing Android Automotive OS, and Honda will quickly be becoming a member of them.


Android Auto is not the one Google automotive product getting new performance. Google Assistant’s driving mode will get an overhaul, too, which needs to be a boon for individuals with older, screenless automobiles. Driving mode can now be enabled through the use of the voice command, “Hey, Google, let’s drive.” The driving mode additionally now has a special display with giant, tappable playing cards that includes your most-used-while-driving apps — Maps, Audible, Spotify, and so forth.

Google additionally partnered with Exxon, Mobil, Conoco, Phillips 66 and 76 to allow Google Pay compatibility at over 32,000 fuel stations throughout the US. This permits customers to easily say, “Hey, Google, pay for fuel,” and presto-chango, you need not put a card right into a pump or go into the cashier. Sadly, we nonetheless dwell within the current and never the long run, so Google will not choose a gasoline grade or robotically pump your fuel for you, making certain that it’s best to in all probability nonetheless hold some sanitizer helpful for nasty post-pump fingers.

The very best half is that each one this performance needs to be out there moderately quickly to Android customers. Google estimates that it will likely be a couple of weeks, so hold a watch out for updates.

The final piece of stories from Mountain View has to do with automobiles working Android Automotive OS. The Polestar 2 was the primary car to make the most of the system, however Google has been arduous at work partnering with different producers like Nissan, Ford and GM for future iterations of their infotainment platforms, and now Honda is getting in on the enjoyable. Google says that we will anticipate Honda infotainment powered by Android Automotive OS to come back within the subsequent few years.

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