Upcoming Android Auto Update Improves Media Discovery and Messaging

Nichole VegaDec 01, 2018

First off, the media library in Android Auto has a new look and layout with larger images for the album art, so you can easily identify what you songs you want to hear.

Android Auto is getting new features, while Google partner Volvo unveils its new Android infotainment system.

Android Auto is receiving a number of promising new features, including wireless connectivity, group messaging, and Google Assistant built-in. On top of that, the Google Assistant's integration has been improved so that you can be a little bit vaguer in your song requests. This message previewing capability is purely optional (enabled via Android Auto's settings menu), giving you the ability to choose what's most important-privacy or convenience.

In addition to the message preview we touched on yesterday, Android Auto now supports apps that use MMS and RCS while will include group messaging support and possibly picture messaging, although that seems counter productive to what Android Auto is created to do. Additionally, the voice search has been improved so you can ask Google to play a specific artist, playlist, or genre with a simple voice search. Now when you search using your voice it will not automatically play its result but will give you other options for what it has found under those search parameters - categorised as well.

Google has also added support for apps that use MMS and RCS, so users can take advantage of apps Messages, Hangouts, and WhatsApp with group messaging.

The text preview feature only works in Hangouts and WhatsApp right now, but is a welcomed addition to everyone who has been frustrated by only getting messages in audio form even when the vehicle is stopped.

You can download the latest version of the Android Auto application below! And Google says that it's working to bring new updates to more music and media apps. Google says that this update is rolling out today and should be fully available to everyone over the next several days, so keep an eye out for it.

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