The new Android Auto interface is expected to arrive later this summer. Its major improvement is a new split-screen appearance that displays both windows for navigation, messaging, and audio control.
This allows users to view a navigation map, control their music or podcasts, and communicate with contacts without changing between the two apps. Google selected those three functions for multitasking after feedback indicated that they were the most popular. These windows can be moved to reflect the different screen orientations in various cars.
In the next months, Google plans to reintroduce more features to this interface. This may include contextual suggestions for messaging and selecting what music to play.
Users will be able to send the estimated arrival times to their contacts via the navigation system. The company hopes this will reduce the amount of time users spend on the informationtainment system instead of the road.
While the car is parked, YouTube, Tubi, Epix Now, web browsers, and content from phones are all available.