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Google redesigns Android Auto with cleaner look

Google redesigns Android Auto with cleaner look

"We want to help you take advantage of the latest new technology - 5G, foldables, edge-to-edge screens, on-device AI, and more - while making sure users' security, privacy, and wellbeing are always a top priority".

Moving to security and privacy, Google noted that Android "has the most widely deployed security and anti-malware service of any OS". Google also improved the app background launching warnings it previously implemented; now they are just blocked.

You can also answer calls without having to exit the navigation, just by clicking on the Incoming Call pop up. The company also improved port forwarding, something that Google says will enable developers to run a web server via Linux while debugging at the same time.

Live Caption is a new feature driven by on-device machine learning that does exactly what its name implies: it captions things, live. This might not be a bad time to upgrade, honestly, since this release arrives with a ton of new features. With the music open, you'll see your next turn information. Google has now updated the connectivity suite with new features and a revised interface.

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To use it, users can switch to gestures in Settings System Gestures. This grid of apps is now the new home screen, and the familiar list of notifications and suggestions (Android Auto's old home screen) now lives under the bell button. Swiping from the screen's left or right edge triggers the Back action. However, there was a solid section on Android Q and upcoming features. You'll first select apps that you find distracting and then they'll be disabled once you activate Focus Mode - until you deactivate it, of course. Android Q is a big part of that effort.

Over the past five years, Android Auto has expanded to support more than 500 vehicle models from 50 different brands.

There's also a suggested media area, which will show prompts for potential music and podcasts drivers might be interested in. So you get reminders for location usage if you're not actively using the app that's requesting your location. When you are done, you can resume all other apps.


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