Google announces new Android Auto features


Anxious about playing music or responding to texts in your auto? Owners of Android TV hardware will soon be able to use those speakers to listen to that music, as a Play Store listing for a TV version of Amazon Music has appeared. And it's not just about your standard SMS messages, either - MMS and RCS (that's your picture and video messages, kids) are also supported, and naturally, group messages from the likes of WhatsApp are fully on board with the new changes. The update makes the user interface easier to use and more efficient to navigate through.

Messaging is also becoming easier. The changes themselves, to be sure, only affect music playback and messaging notifications.

First off, the media library in Android Auto has a new look and layout with larger images for the album art, so you can easily identify what you songs you want to hear. Currently, when you tell Google Assistant to play music, it just starts playing whatever you requested; for example, "Play Whiskey Myers" will simply shuffle all Whiskey Myers songs (which isn't a bad thing-they don't have a bad song). If it doesn't come up with the results you need initially, it will narrow down results so you can select the content you want manually.

Android Auto update improves media browsing, adds MMS and RCS group chat support
New Android Auto update brings enhanced media and messaging services

Of course, this could be a problem when there are other passengers around. The preview is an opt-in feature that can be turned on in settings.

To be sure, these are small changes on paper, but in practice, they add a lot of functionality given that they offer utmost flexibility for the driver, and they're also created to make the experience as safe as possible by featuring workarounds that are simple, straightforward, and easy to navigate.

"Android Auto brings voice control, Google Maps, and lots of apps to your vehicle, making it a better choice than most built-in infotainment systems", we wrote.

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