During the Google I/O 2022 developer conference, the tech giant unveiled the redesign of its Android Auto user interface. The new look looks tidier and cleverly adapts to the respective display size. But the range of functions has also been expanded.
Android Auto update with new design
It’s finally here, the redesign of Android Auto, which completely overhauls the interface for use on the road. In the process, Google focused primarily on a better presentation of the three most important functions that are used by more than 150 million users: Navigation, media control and communication.
Still in the summer of 2022, the Android Auto update will be rolled out, relying on a brand new interface and improving exactly these three features. The screen therefore focuses on these areas and presents navigation, media player and Komnunikationstools in split-screen mode different sizes, which can be moved and adapted to the size of the display.
Most important functions directly on one screen
With this, Google wants to achieve that the most important and most frequently used functions are always visible on the display and no navigation through menus is necessary. Of course, concentration on the road also benefits from this, as there are fewer distractions.
Google Assistant is supposed to help additionally. For example, the voice assistant provides suggested answers as possible messages, including – in combination with navigation – the option to directly communicate the estimated time of arrival. Suggested songs can also be selected and played directly.
Watching video of parked cars
Cars that have Google built-in usually offer large displays. Google plans to use these with the new Android Auto update to offer new experiences when the car is parked. The beginning is marked by YouTube, which offers you access to various videos. Other streaming apps are to follow later.
In the future, they also plan to offer a web browser and the ability to cast content from your smartphone directly to your screen, allowing you to display much more media content while waiting. The Android Auto update should according to Google be released in the summer of 2022 and be compatible with all vehicle types. However, Google has not yet named a specific date.