Android Auto redesign adds split-screen mode to all displays

Android Auto redesign adds split-screen mode to all displays

On the Google I/O 2022, Android Auto gets a split-screen mode that lets you always see the navigation and media controls, while this redesign adapts to any screen size and is particularly ideal for older cars with smaller displays. It comes as Android Auto is now available in over 150 million cars worldwide.

Android Auto redesign

Codenamed “Coolwalk,” this redesign adapts to any screen size in your Android Auto-compatible vehicle. Using three maps, the largest is dedicated to mapping and navigation. You’ll always see music, podcasts, and other audio controls, while the third window offers contextual suggestions from Assistant that you can swipe through.

It can display everything from an analogue clock with the date, to estimated travel times that can be quickly shared with contacts, incoming text notifications (although they still show up as a top banner) and missed calls. When you receive messages, Google lets you reply with on-screen suggested replies, including emojis or your voice.

The other core component of this interface is a bar that shows the time, your phone’s signal, and battery status, as well as buttons to open the app grid, notifications, and assistant. This strip appears either at the bottom of the screen or docked to the left. The card prefers the right side or top of portrait displays.

The adaptable user interface, available this summer, allows users with 5 or 6-inch displays in older vehicles to experience split-screen mode and does not limit multitasking to wide screens as before. Meanwhile, Google’s future-proof Android Auto with this redesign as screens become even more ubiquitous in cars.

Android automotive operating system

On the dedicated Android Automotive front, Google reiterated that YouTube is coming, while Tubi TV and Epix also plan to release video streaming apps. You can also cast content from your phone to the screen in the car, with Google positioning this as ideal when charging or waiting for curbside pickup.

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