Android Auto finally gets a design update

Kelley Robertson
Мая 9, 2019

Google has made the Android Q Beta 3 release available not only on its supported Pixel devices, but also on 15 other devices from 12 OEMs, including ASUS, Essential, Huawei, LGE, Xiaomi, Nokia, OnePlus, OPPO, realme, Sony, TECNO, and Vivo, thanks to the company's unbelievable initiative called Project Treble, which aims to bring the latest Android versions to more devices from different manufactures.

The new navigation bar keeps things simple, showing contextual bubbles such as directions and music controls while you're in other apps so you're aware of everything at all times. Some devices that launched more than three years ago will also get security updates from time to time; majority will get these updates only when it's necessary, but some-like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy A5 (2016)-will get them on a quarterly schedule even in their fourth year. Google says that 21 devices are getting access to the Android Q beta today, including Pixel phones. Also, Android smartphone users can now get the latest security fixes and updates real time without having to reboot their phones.

The user interface has a new, sleek Dark Theme. Samsung will eventually be telling us what devices are eligible for the Android Q update, but you can find out right away if your Galaxy will be on the list.

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Google announced the new look of the integrated system, which allows people to operate smartphones through a vehicle's infotainment system, Monday in a blog post. Flutter for embedded devices has already been used by Google to power some of the features on its new Nest Hub Max devic. With Assistant's new Driving Mode, which is also coming this summer, you only need to say "Hey Google, let's drive", and your handset will immediately serve up a list of relevant notifications and actions, from friends and family to call, to a link to the last podcast you were listening to, so you can hop right back into it once you're in the auto. If someone calls you, you can accept these buttons quickly or reject them with a message.

This redesigned Android Auto design won't be immediately available, though. The "Active Edge" technology, which summons Google Assistant by firmly gripping the sides of the phone will also make a comeback on the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL.

The interface has improved functionality with the addition of the new navigation bar. Downloads will also require the user to select a location via the system file picker.

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