Android Auto is getting a refresh. The new update is tailored towards the ever changing screen dimensions of new cars.
The headlining feature is the split-screen view, it allows users to access multiple features at once. Drivers will now be able to glance at key features like navigation, media player and messages all from one screen. The feature was previously available only on certain vehicles, but will now be the default setup for all users.
Android Auto will also be able to adapt to all sizes of screens seamless such as the 56-inch Hyperscreen display found in the Mercedes-Benz EQS, its actually three screens under one piece of glass.
“We’ve seen some really interesting innovation from the industry, going to these very large portrait displays going into these extremely wide landscape displays,” Lopez said. “And you know, the coolness is Android Auto will now support all of them, and will be able to adapt, giving you all of these features at your fingertips as a user.”
Google also added updates which include standardized text-message replies, here the driver will be able to reply texts with one tap. In addition, there’s now the ability for Android smartphone users to cast content from their phones to a car’s screen.
So far Volvo and its young EV company, Polestar, have Android Automotive available, Ford and Lincoln will be joining them next year 2023. Audi, Stellantis, and the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance have expressed interest as well.