Android Auto gets a new look, faster access, and a dark theme

From a design standpoint, Android Auto will have a dark background color combined with crisp accent colors. The big change is the system bar at the bottom, which can now show tiny app controls. If you're already running Beta 2, you will get Beta 3 via system update normally.

This used to be the Android Auto home screen, but now it lives under the "bell" icon. When it comes to innovation, Google highlighted a feature it calls App Continuity, which allows devices with bendy screens like the Samsung Galaxy Fold to switch between apps on a small screen, and then seamlessly transfer those apps to a larger flexible display just by unfolding the device.

Android Auto, as most of you know, is a mobile app developed by Google which mirrors features and interface from an Android device connected to the head unit/infotainment system of a vehicle.

Google is also changing the way it rolls out security updates.

The new notification centre would display recent messages and calls at an accessable spot on the screen.

Gestural navigation. Android has supported gesture-based system navigation for a few releases now, but it's going fully-gestural in Android Q. This means that Google is eliminating the navigation bar all together so that apps and games can literally use the entire screen. With the music open, you'll see your next turn information.

Google is also making it easier for developers to add a dark theme in their own apps. Getting to the right music or navigation app would require a series of taps through dropdown menus, which drivers really don't have all the time nor attention to do on the road. Google also mentions that Android Auto will now start playing media when you first start the vehicle, and it will start up your navigation app of choice. This new feature will allow you to select which apps should be active while the rest are disabled.

Google is also tying Chrome OS and Linux together through the file manager. "We want you to get these faster", Google Senior Director for Android Stephanie Cuthbertson said at Google I/O on Tuesday. The new features are expected to begin rolling out this summer.



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