Android Auto gets a big UI revamp

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  • The new Android Auto. The big change is the system bar at the bottom, which can now show tiny app controls. Here are music controls. Google
  • With the music open, you'll get turn-by-turn information in the bottom bar. Google
  • For reference, Android Auto currently looks like this. Google
  • This used to be the Android Auto home screen, but now it lives under the "bell" icon. Google
  • This is the new home screen, a grid of app icons. Google
  • Here's an incoming call. Google

Google I/O is going to kick off later today, but before the big show starts, Google has pushed out an early announcement: Android Auto is getting a new look. Google's update won't arrive until "This summer," but we get screenshots today showing all the significant new additions.

Google says, "The new interface is built to help you get on the road faster, show more useful information at a glance, and simplify common tasks while driving." In previous versions of Android Auto, a system bar at the bottom of the screen housed five app icons: Maps, Contacts, Home, Music, and a "car" screen (which didn't have much use). The new version removes the app shortcuts from the system bar's navigation and instead turns it into a mini app bar. There's a "Home" button" on the left, notification and voice buttons on the right, and a middle section that intelligently displays a tiny interface from either navigation or your media app. With the Map open, you'll get music controls at the bottom. With the music open, you'll see your next turn information.

With most of the app navigation abilities removed from the system Read More – Source

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