Android Auto gets design refresh ahead of Google I/O 2019. The new design has been made simpler and there is a new default dark mode all over the app.
Android Auto – New Navigation Bar
The main highlight of the new design is the new navigation bar, which has been made cleaner and more utilizable. Instead of the old navigation bar which had some fixed white navigation buttons, the new navigation bar has redesigned navigation buttons and some apps can utilize the navigation bar space for shortcut controls, without opening the full app. The home screen has also been redesigned.
The navigation bar shows turn by turn directions, if you’re using Google Maps, at the same time driver can control music app from the navigation bar, controls for Spotify like play/pause/ skip controls are shown below in the navigation bar. Google says “all media apps” will be able to take advantage of this out of the gate as long as they’re already approved for Android Auto.
The new navigation bar repositions the home button to the left and it also has a dedicated Google Assistant button. Remaining space is for other apps which can show their controls there.
Android Auto product manager Rod Lopez said that this refresh was done to “help you get on the road faster, show more useful information at a glance and simplify common tasks while driving.” So in addition to the design changes noted above, Google says the updated Android Auto can now automatically continue to play media and will also open up “your navigation app of choice” as soon as you plug your phone into the car.
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