Android Auto gets new look, dark mode and lots of nifty improvements

Android Auto gets new look, dark mode and lots of nifty improvements
Google announced a major update for Android Auto is now available for download. Since its launch back in 2015, Android Auto has expanded to support more than 500 car models from no less than 50 brands.

The new design launched today will roll out to all Android Auto compatible cars later this summer, Google mentions in a blog post. As the title says, the update brings a dark theme, which is coupled with colorful accents and easier to read fonts meant to improve visibility.

But that's not all, as Android Auto users will be able to see their turn-by-turn directions and control their apps and phone on the same screen thanks to a new navigation bar added in this update. Also, Android Auto will now continue playing media and show your navigation app of choice as soon as it starts.



The new navigation bar will also make it easier for Android Auto users to control their apps with one tap, get turn-by-turn directions, rewind podcasts, as well as take incoming calls all on the same screen.

Last but not least, Android Auto will now maximize the display to show you more information no matter how wide your car's screen is. Next-turn directions, playback controls, and ongoing calls will be shown on the screen thanks to the new improvement.

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6 Comments

1. Rager722 unregistered

Why isn't Gmail getting dark mode?

2. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 158; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

Yawn. It is still easier to use the actual phone as most of these car systems are still not well integrated.

3. someguy2261

Posts: 250; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Saying that I don't think you have it.

4. ph00ny

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 26, 2011

How is it easier to use the actual phone when you get a ticket if you use your phone while driving assuming you're the driver? It might be limited since it limits the usage to audio players, navigation, phone, etc and not full functioning

5. ph00ny

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 26, 2011

forgot to finish typing. It might be limited.... but it fully integrates with the large screen on the vehicle

6. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I bet you have never used it before for you to be saying this.

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