And indeed, that’s what the Mountain View-based search giant is doing as we speak. The company has managed to fix several critical issues affecting Android Auto in recent times, and without a doubt, more will likely be addressed sooner rather than later.
But in the meantime, Google is also working on new features for Android Auto, all with one simple goal in mind: to further improve the functionality of the app and give users more options to customize the way they want it. use in their cars.
The most recent beta, for example, contains several important clues in this regard, allowing us to take a first look at what Google is up to on the Android Auto front, although as of now, there is no guarantee that any of the recently discovered features would end up making their way into production versions.
The first, and probably the most important, is the introduction of a new UI refresh named Coolkwalk. The interface update boils down to a new button placed in the navigation bar that allows users to launch some kind of notification center with the push of a button.
Just think of the Action Center on Windows 10. When you click this button, you can see the latest notifications as well as a series of quick actions.
On Android Auto, the new button will also allow you to view the latest notification, while also accessing music playback controls. The interface for this new shutter is currently pretty rough, but I expect Google to add some sort of transparency and make it less intrusive, especially since it’s supposed to take up valuable screen space. And that’s a big no-no, especially when running navigation apps.
Then Google is working on something big in terms of wallpapers. As most of Android Auto users already know, the app supports wallpapers. So instead of the dull and classic background, you can choose a more colorful photo from a collection included by Google itself in the app.
This wallpaper collection comes with Android Auto by default and cannot be changed at this time.
Google is planning to add more wallpapers, but at the same time it is also developing a new feature that could add additional functionality to the set. So what the company seems to be up to is support for recovering backgrounds from their own servers.
This could obviously allow the company to provide users with more wallpapers without the need for Android Auto app updates, but at the same time, it could also power an automatic background change feature. screen that could work based on various triggers, such as time of day.
And finally, Google seems to be making an effort to provide users with additional controls over starting the app in their cars. In most new models, Android Auto launches automatically when the phone is connected to the head unit, but Google wants to offer more options at the app level.
Thus, users will be allowed to choose whether they want Android Auto to trigger the app to automatically launch when the connection to the main unit is detected or to use the previous state as the default setting. In other words, if you stopped the engine and Android Auto wasn’t running, it wouldn’t start the next time you get behind the wheel, either.
These options would be included in the new settings screen on Android Auto, allowing you to configure everything from the main unit and not the mobile device.