The brand new Android Auto. The massive change is the system bar on the backside, which may now present tiny app controls. Listed below are music controls.
For reference, that is the previous Android Auto.
With the music open, you may get turn-by-turn info within the backside bar.
This was once the Android Auto house display, however now it lives beneath the “bell” icon.
That is the brand new house display, a grid of app icons.
Icons with the Google Assistant badge aren’t actually apps. They are going to verbally learn you particular info.
This is an incoming name.
The split-screen mode for wider shows.
The glacial rollout of something Android Auto associated continues on the regular tempo. Android Auto Wi-fi, which was introduced about 20 months in the past at CES 2018, is lastly coming to Samsung telephones. The characteristic permits Android telephones to ship a driving-focused UI to a automotive’s in-dash show (like Apple’s Carplay); usually Auto wants a USB cable to work. However this newer scheme can work over Wi-Fi, assuming the cellphone and the automotive help it.
Android Police first noticed the replace to Google’s Android Auto help web page, which lists the appropriate Samsung fashions. Samsung flagships from the Galaxy S8 and newer are supported, so that is the S8, Note8, S9, Note9, S10, and Notice10. Together with these Samsung telephones and each Google cellphone going again to the Nexus 5X, that is it for the listing of wireless-compatible Android Auto telephones. For a characteristic that launched 20 months in the past, that is not superb.
Your automotive must be appropriate with Wi-fi Android Auto for this to work, too, and the automotive compatibility listing is even sadder than the cellphone listing. Zero automobiles help Android Auto Wi-fi proper now. To cite Google’s FAQ web page on the topic, “Android Auto wi-fi is barely obtainable with choose fashions of JVC, Kenwood, and Pioneer aftermarket stereos, right now.”
Automotive growth pipelines and security laws make the auto business notoriously gradual to undertake new expertise, so perhaps there was a chicken-and-egg downside right here. With solely Google’s extraordinarily tiny market share supporting Android Auto Wi-fi, it is potential many automakers did not really feel the characteristic was needed. Samsung is the highest Android OEM, and now that Android’s hottest flagships help wi-fi, perhaps the business will take discover.
Itemizing picture by Ron Amadeo