It is a construction site where the works almost never stop, Android Auto. Which is certainly a good thing since it indicates Google’s constant commitment to improve the platform, but some would prefer more continuity to have time to metabolize the news. From time to time so that I can be useful summarize what’s already come to Android Auto and what’s to come in the near future.
Android Auto opens to third-party navigation apps
The first big steps have been taken recently: a few days ago Sygic It arrived in a stable version on Android Auto, after TomTom debuted on the platform earlier this year. The days when the only options for navigating with Android Auto were Google Maps and Waze, the last application owned by Google for a few years, are long gone. The availability of Chargemap and Plugshare was positive, especially for electric vehicle drivers.
Android Auto driving mode will turn off screens
The Driving mode it is detected in Android Auto faster and faster. It recently arrived in Germany and now it is only a matter of time before it reaches all countries, although it is not frowned upon by those who appreciate the simplified interface that appears on the smartphone screen when connecting in the car: the Driving Mode of Android Auto will replace it, making the robot usable only through the car’s voice or physical commands.
Android Auto “fits” with Porsche
The link with the Stuttgart car manufacturer is very recent: at the end of last month it became known that also Porsche – with guilty delay – will support Android Auto, first in 911 model year 2022. But it is only a matter of time before the Google robot covers the entire electrical and combustion range of the historic brand in orbit Volkswagen like wildfire.
The mother of insects is always pregnant
Those who use Android Auto on a daily basis have likely known something from the past year. anomaly that have plagued the platform. Many have been fixed, but it seems that the mother of bugs is always pregnant: the last one reported on a large scale the concerns, once again, the messages, with Android Auto refusing to read those that arrived from the most popular messaging applications such as WhatsApp.
The thread on the Android Auto support pages is still open, but Google knew of work hard to fix it. Which, given the past, is no guarantee that it will happen anytime soon, but it is still a first step towards resolution.
Optimizations for night mode and changes to USB debugging
The two new Android Auto features have yet to be released, but there are numerous clues that night mode Google Maps could soon enjoy new settings that will give more customization margins, and others for the management of USB debugging, a function dedicated to “advanced” users: of which we talked a few days ago in this article.
In addition, the March update brought several news about apps, wallpapers, games, and split screens.