And the most recent beta released for testing gives us a sneak peek at some of the biggest changes Android Auto has received in a long time.
Discovered by the Italian blog AndroidWorld, this update would be called cool walk, and it all comes down to a new button integrated into the dynamic bar at the bottom of the screen.
This button launches a new overlay that displays above your navigation (or another running app on the screen), allowing you to see the latest notification. Additionally, it launches a new pane that includes playback controls along with artist info and other notification details.
At first glance, it looks like some sort of action or notification center that shows more information about unread messages while still providing easy access to media controls.
For some users this wouldn’t make much sense given that the bottom navigation bar also includes playback controls when a music app is running, but it’s possible that Google is planning something big to long term and this user interface could make it easier to view essential information even if you don’t have a wide screen in your car.
The search giant has also updated the app’s launch icon, so it now features a whole new design and the notification button has also been moved to the left side of the screen.
Obviously Google is working on some big changes for Android Auto, but at this point the implementation is pretty rough, and it could still take a long time until everything is available to users.