The most notable changes for the UI update include:
- Media will automatically continue playing where you left off when you start the car
- A new navigation bar that will allow you to control apps including controlling media, getting turn-by-turn instructions and take an incoming phone call
- A new notification centre that will show recent calls, messages and alerts so you can listen and respond at a time that is convenient to you
- A new dark theme with colourful accents to fit in with your car’s design better
I really like the look of the navigation bar and automatic resume of media – it will get users on the road faster.
According to Android Police, the update appears to be a server-side change, so there’s no way to tell when individual users will see the change. Several members of the Ausdroid Team use Android Auto every day, so we’ll be sure to share the info once we start seeing it.