Finally big hardware and software announcements during the keynote presentation of I/O 2022 today by Google share some updates for vehicles with Android Auto and vehicles with infotainment systems based on Android Automotive.
Detailed as part of Google “What’s New in Android for Cars” session, the most important upcoming change is the updated user interface for Android Auto, focused on making it easier to navigate, control media, and connect with others while driving. To accommodate larger displays in new vehicles, the company is making split-screen a standard across all devices so you can see directions, music and texts at the same time. This means you can quickly pause a song or see a new message without having to navigate through multiple menus and settings.
In addition, Google is also improving support for responsive layouts, which can more easily adapt to the growing variety of displays in new vehicles. So, whether you have a wide, ultra-wide dash display or a tall, portrait screen, the Android Auto UI can still display all the information you need. Meanwhile, to improve hands-free handling, Google Assistant is better at offering contextual suggestions for things like returning missed calls, text message arrival times, and more.
Finally, for owners of vehicles with Android Automotive systems (such as new Ford, Volvo and other vehicles), Google is expanding the in-car entertainment experience with greater support for video streaming applications. Earlier this year at CES, Google has announced the ability to stream YouTube clips, and Tubi TV and Epix Now apps will be added soon. Just remember that you can only watch the video when the car is parked, so don’t try to stream and drive. In the future, the company says it also has plans to allow passengers to stream content from their phones to their car’s built-in display, although there is no specific timeline for when this will be available.
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Engadget.
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