Android Auto is getting a redesigned interface and Dark Mode

Android Auto is getting a redesigned interface and Dark Mode
Google last month announced an update for Android Auto that would change the way the app looks and works, and it is now finally rolling out to some regions. Google says that the refreshed interface was "built to help you get on the road faster, show more useful information at a glance and simplify common tasks while driving."

To streamline the experience and to make common tasks even easier to perform while driving, the latest Android Auto update introduces a redesigned bottom navigation bar. It allows users to control apps and media, manage incoming calls and notifications, and get directions on the same screen, with less taps required than before.

The redesigned bottom bar also offers a way to better utilize screen real estate. Since Android Auto is a scalable experience, made to work on many types of displays with different sizes, aspect ratios, and resolutions, the UI design changes are aimed at making the app a consistent and well-optimized experience across the board.


Speaking of UI changes, Dark Mode is also a thing now in Android Auto. It's more of a visual change, rather than functional, but it should make using the app during the night a bit easier on the eyes. Google says that the new dark theme was designed to utilize more colorful accents and easier to read fonts to further improve visibility and reduce eye strain.

The update seems to depend on a server-side switch, as is often the case with Google services, and not on the app version you're running. Still, you can check if you're on the latest version by heading to the Google Play Store.

The new Android Auto update has started rolling out in the UK and US, so other regions where the service is available should start receiving the new features in the coming days/weeks.

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3 Comments

1. ph00ny

Posts: 2033; Member since: May 26, 2011

YES it's about damn time. I though i missed a setting but dark mode would be an awesome addon

2. pifon

Posts: 76; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

According to AP as they spoked to google, theres no new UI update yet but its comming this summer. I can confirm this, I have installed the new update and its the same old UI.

4. Bal00ga

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 27, 2019

The link pointing to "Google Play Store" in your article actually takes you to AMAZON!

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