The new Android Auto is now available for beta testing: here’s what’s changing
Android Auto: what’s changing
Android Auto allows drivers to access music, media and navigation apps on the car’s infotainment system screens by connecting their Android smartphones. During Google I/O, the company announced that the new user interface will essentially put navigation, media and communication on one screen for a safer driving experience.
According to images shared by various reports, Android Auto looks more like Apple Car Play. There is a split-screen interface where the lion’s share is taken by the navigation app or Google Maps map. About a quarter of the total screen space is taken up by the music app card, and the rest is for communication apps.
If no communication application is open, the majority of the space is occupied by the Maps card and the rest by the music application card. The music player card is colorful and the whole UI looks more dynamic.
The taskbar contains Maps, Music App, Communication App and Settings icons for one-touch navigation, but these are now centrally aligned. The current user interface has these icons in the lower left corner of the screen. The new UI automatically adjusts based on screen orientation, but Maps will have the most space regardless of orientation.
How to test the Android Auto redesign
Google is launching the new Android Auto through the Play Store beta program. If you are already registered, you should receive an update. For those who want to test it, they can sign up for the beta program.