What do you want to know
- Google is releasing a new update to its Android Auto service.
- The new update with version 8.0 still lacks the planned redesign in the user interface.
- The redesign announced in May introduced a split-screen mode for car screens.
- The redesign aims to give users a convenient way to navigate the user interface instead of juggling apps while driving.
Google has released a new version of its Android Auto platform for consumers via an update to the Play Store. The update was supposed to bring a significant overhaul to the platform. However, that’s not the case, and the new Android Auto 8.0 update looks pretty minor.
According to 9to5Google, Android Auto received the update this week but showed no signs of the much-anticipated UI changes.
During the announcement in May at I/O, Google announced that it would be making significant changes to Android Auto. This includes a new “Coolwalk” user interface with split screen functionality for “all screen sizes and form factors”.
The redesign incorporates user preferences for showcasing their apps on the Android Auto car screen. For example, the new UI redesign would allow users to set their maps for navigation, their favorite music app, and a recent chat box quickly and effortlessly using the new split-screen feature. The goal is to reduce the need to switch apps and have a convenient approach to interacting with the screen while driving.
Google says it wants to prioritize the availability of more vehicles of all screen sizes. For reference, there are more than 15 million Android Auto compatible cars worldwide, according to Google.
The features described above are all attractive. However, there is still no sign of the update as of yet. Unfortunately, Google hasn’t provided a specific date on when users might expect this new UI. The company said it would launch “this summer” and there’s still a month to go until fall, so the wait shouldn’t be much longer.
That said, hopefully this new update is able to fix the annoying bugs that some users have been facing with their Android smartphones.
Meanwhile, once you’ve completed updating to the current latest version of Android Auto through the Google Play Store, there are several ways to get app shortcuts on Android Auto to add some more convenience while driving.