Android Auto may seem like a work in progress, but that’s not just due to the number of bugs that frequently affect users’ experience behind the wheel. Google continues to release update after update, also confirming its commitment to improving Android Auto in the long term.
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The Android Auto beta program is working wonderfully, bringing more frequent updates, even though the focus is almost exclusively on under-the-hood improvements.
This is also the case with Android Auto 11.3, with the new version now rolling out without substantial changes. Still, it’s a welcome update, even if it doesn’t include any new features. It focuses on fixing bugs and improving general performance, which is good news considering the number of issues plaguing Android Auto lately.
Before you head to the Google Play Store to check for updates, you should know that Android Auto 11.3 on production devices was released only a few minutes ago. Google uses a controlled rollout approach that allows updating in stages for production devices, so the new version will only appear on the Google Play Store for certain phones. Availability will continue to improve in the coming weeks before Android Auto 11.3 goes live for everyone.
Meanwhile, Android users can install the latest Android Auto update by loading the APK file. You can find the installer on this page, so download the file and start the update by tapping the file on your device. Depending on your Android configuration, installing apps for sources other than Google Play Store may require special permissions. By default, Android only allows apps from the Play Store, so you need to enable support for manual installations to load the APK file.
Google is already testing several major improvements for Android Auto, although they are not tied to a specific version. As announced by the search giant earlier this year, Android Auto will soon benefit from AI integration to summarize long messages and busy conversations in group chats. Using artificial intelligence, Google Assistant will read your messages and create a summary to provide you with essential information.
Additionally, the assistant will suggest relevant intelligent responses, including actions. For example, if a contact asks for your ETA for a destination, Google Assistant may suggest an option to share the ETA using Google Maps. You can send the ETA to the contact by tapping the option on the screen or with a voice command.
The message summary option appeared for some users a few weeks ago, but it doesn’t appear to be fully implemented yet. Work on this feature is likely underway and deployment is expected to begin later this year.
As always, if you notice anything new in the latest Android Auto update, be sure to share it with us and our readers using the comments box below.