Unlike Apple CarPlay, Android Auto has undergone significant changes from the original design when it was first released five years ago. Google is improving and expanding Auto, and updates will begin this summer.
One of the most notable improvements to Android Auto is the enhanced messaging interface that lets you create messages outside of the app. For standard Android SMS client only. All messaging apps, including third-party apps, instantly appear on your home screen. When you open it, you will see a + New button in the upper right corner. If you want to send messages this way without saying “Ok Google …”, you need to make it clear that you are using WhatsApp, not SMS.
Android Auto is a mobile application developed by Google for displaying the functions of Android devices such as smartphones on the main infotainment unit of the dashboard. When you connect your Android device to the main unit, the system may display some apps on the car screen. Supported apps include maps and GPS navigation, music playback, SMS, phone search, and web search. This system supports a touch screen and button controller. Voice allows hands-free calling and is recommended to distract the driver.
Speaking of launchers, you will be able to rearrange the order of application icons from your phone, which should indeed be possible before Android Auto. Moving things through the car screen can be troublesome, and it’s easy to forget to do it on the spot after you fasten your seat belt and focus on going somewhere. It is very useful. The infotainment screen on my carnival is 6.5 inches large and horizontal, so multiple swipes are required to reach the top or bottom of any list; shortcuts would be greatly appreciated.
If you drive an electric car, thanks to Android Auto for the built-in EV charging app. It is a follow-up to Google’s initiative announced in the spring to promote auto-centric app development for Android Auto and pre-installed Android Automotive systems. At the Google I / O developer conference last May, ChargePoint and PlugShare said they would be the first to adopt the new optimized framework. This also applies to parking and navigation apps.
I use the iPhone these days, so I didn’t have much experience using Android Auto for more than a year when I was wearing a Pixel. I appreciate the recent changes from a card-based interface to an application drawer that is more like a mobile phone screen. The card system can be smart and useful, but it usually makes it a bit difficult to access the specific application or function I’m looking for, especially when I’m trying to focus on driving.
The most common way to implement Android Auto is through an Android mobile device running the Android Auto application, which acts as the master controller for the vehicle dashboard host that supports this feature. Once the user’s Android device is connected to the vehicle, the host will be used as the external display of the Android device, displaying compatible software in the car-specific user interface provided by the Android Auto application. In the first iteration of Android Auto, the device needs to be connected to the car via USB. Or, in November 2016, Google added the option to run Android Auto as a normal application on Android devices, that is, it is not bound to the host of the car, allowing it to be used as a power host. Just on the personal phone or tablet in the car.