+ Thursday September 19th, 2019

Android Auto has developed over time, and in May we saw the first glimpses of a new UI coming our way. Thanks to Reddit, we know that the update is beginning to roll out to users.

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.

Source: Reddit.
Via: Android Police.

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Phil Tann

Phil is an Android enthusiast who spends most of his time reading up on U.S. Android news so he can get the low down on what could possibly hit Australian shores. Coming from a background in IT & T sales, he’s in the perfect position to give an educated view on hardware and software.

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Shaun

Still waiting on this. Has anyone in Australia actually got this yet?

Chris Rowland
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This has been announced for Australia already, yes – see here https://ausdroid.net/2019/07/31/google-upgrades-your-drive-with-new-android-auto-to-make-your-experience-easier-and-more-helpful/ It should be arriving during August.

Dan
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Dan

I still haven’t seen the update. Has anyone received it yet?

Lomabard
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Lomabard

Android Police contacted Google who say there is NO official roll out of the update at the moment, but it will occur later in the summer.

Chris
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Chris

Just go to apk mirror and download the update

Huey
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Huey

If it’s a server-side roll-out, that will do absolutely nothing.

Alan Cramer
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**Updated Android Auto interface now rolling out to user

Fixed it for you.

Tom
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Tom

Any news if this will work on 3rd party AA headunits or on phones? If it does 100% going to update my headunit

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Magnum80

Looking forward to the update, hope it still has the one glance info of the current setup with travel times/weather etc

Just wish my Hyundai would autostart AA when I plug my phone in like the Ford Sync system does

Dion
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Dion

my hyundai tucson 2016 highlander didnt get android auto but they now have a replacement updated headunit for $895 that will look the same but have the new features. Ring customer care about the unit repacement as dealers seem to know nothing. Got mine replaced about a week ago. Works great now with android auto and apple carplay, and still has the sat nav as well (if you cant be bothered to plug in your phone)

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