Google is testing a new split-screen interface for Android Auto that basically copies Apple CarPlay, according to recent news reports…
Google is working on some mighty big changes for Android Auto. Unlike previous minor updates, this one would completely reconfigure the user interface, making it more useful by providing key data points in one place. The ostensible changes have been spotted in the wild by testers and screenshots reveal the new experience will look a lot like Apple CarPlay.
Google Reportedly Developing a Split-Screen for Android Auto, Mimicking Apple CarPlay
According to the Italian blog AndroidWorld, Google is trialing a changed-up UI for Android Auto that should work across all infotainment displays. Recent screenshots of the beta build depict Android Auto displaying navigation, weather, and media all on one single screen. If representative of the stable release version, this would debut a split-screen for Android Auto that would allow drivers to choose preferred apps to display on the main display.
Although, right now it’s unknown whether or not this is a default behavior or a user option. So, Google could release something similar which would give people the power to select which apps appear on the split-screen while driving. Or, Google may limit the options, with Android Auto automatically defaulting to a pre-set configuration.