Android Auto Receiving a Huge Redesign this Summer

A very large Android Auto makeover is in the works at this time and will debut sometime this summer, Google has announced…

Google introduced the world to Android Auto over four years ago. Since that time, it’s largely remained the same.

Save for a few tweaks here and there, it still looks and works pretty much like it did with the initial release. This summer, that will change, Google has announced.

Big Android Auto Update Coming this Summer

Android Auto will soon sport a very different interface. For example, since most vehicles have dark-colored dashboards, the new UI is darker. And, fonts are more legible. 

The new version of Android Auto will also handle multiple functions better. For instance, when music is playing the navigation will remain visible. While in Maps mode, there’s a persistent playback control. Additionally, notifications are now grouped together in one section.

Here’s a run-down of what to expect, quoted directly from Google:

  • “Get on the road faster: As soon as you start your car, Android Auto will continue playing your media and show your navigation app of choice. Simply tap on a suggested location or say “Hey Google” to navigate to a new place.
  • Stay on top of your apps: With the new navigation bar, you’ll be able to see your turn-by-turn directions and control your apps and phone on the same screen.
  • Do more with less taps: With the new navigation bar, you’ll be able to easily control your apps with one tap. Get turn-by-turn directions, rewind your podcast or take incoming call all on the same screen.
  • Easily manage communications: The new notification center shows recent calls, messages and alerts, so you can choose to view, listen and respond at a time that’s convenient and safe for you.
  • A color palette that’s easy on the eyes: We’re evolving Android Auto’s design to fit in better with your car’s interior. A dark theme, coupled with colorful accents and easier to read fonts, also helps improve visibility.
  • A screen fit for more cars: If you have a car with a wider screen, Android Auto now maximizes your display to show you more information, like next-turn directions, playback controls and ongoing calls.”

Bill Boyles

Bill is a freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including apps, social media, and search.