If you have an Android device and own a car; you might have also used Android Auto. Now, if you haven’t used the app, you should give it a try. For those who already use Android Auto, we have news for you. Google is working on a big design change. At the I/O 2022 event, Google revealed that the company is planning to release a big update this summer. The new change will allow users to use the Android Auto on split-screen.
Android Auto supports split-screen mode
After the update, the Android Auto can fit your car’s display size. It can scale to show the panel for app launcher, notifications, and more. What’s more, for cars with ultrawide display, all the aforesaid things will appear on the left. On the other hand, if the car has a vertical display, all of the previously mentioned things will appear at the bottom.
There are several benefits of the new design. First, it will improve user experience; users will no longer need to go back to Android Auto’s home screen every time they want to access the app launcher.
Moreover, the main screen will include three sections, moving forward. The first two sections consist of navigation and media controls. Whereas, the last one will dynamically change to show various things, including a new message, and a clock, among other things.
Furthermore, Google is making Android Auto even smarter; it will include deeper Google Assistant integration. All of the aforementioned changes will arrive in Android Auto this summer. Plus, every vehicle will receive the update, be it old or new, provided they support Android Auto.
Besides the features mentioned above, Google will roll out some other features too. Like, users can now easily access quick actions, including playing music and quick messaging.
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Google wants to keep the user interaction with the Android Auto as minimal as possible
There is a downside to multitasking Android Auto experience as well, some drivers might find it distracting. The new UI contains a lot of elements that might shift the focus of drivers away from the road. However, it is worth mentioning that tile-based UI won’t let them change apps while driving.
Moreover, users won’t have to interact that much with the new split-screen mode as it will display information at a glance. That said, they will have to interact with the application in case of messaging. Google has offered a solution for that too.
Google Assistant will offer handy contextual suggestions in the Android Auto design. It will recommend replies to messages, music, and more. All-in-all, Google wants to keep the user interaction as minimal as possible.
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