Google’s Android Auto interface has become the first choice for many drivers. Like rival Apple CarPlay interfaces, Android Auto projects familiar smartphone apps onto the car’s infotainment system for a more immediate experience. Now it is being updated.

Unveiled at CES, the update brings a fresh design and some new features to Android Auto, which launched in 2014 and received its last major revamp in 2019.

The new design, now rolling out to users, puts Google Maps closer to drivers, making it easier to see at a glance. Other changes include new media cards designed to better display album art, and a Quick Launcher feature for frequently used apps.

Android Auto 2023 update

Along with a revised look, Android Auto is also getting some new features. Google Assistant now offers suggestions like missed call reminders, arrival time sharing, and the ability to pull up music and podcasts. A progress bar has also been added so users can skip to another song or episode.

On-screen shortcuts for replying to messages and calling your favorite contacts have also been added. Google Pixel and Samsung smartphone users can now make calls using WhatsApp via Android Auto.

In addition to the Android Auto update, Google is also expanding the availability of the Digital Key feature, which will allow drivers to use their smartphones instead of key fobs. Car owners can now share digital keys with Pixel and iPhone owners, allowing others to borrow their cars, with Samsung and Xiaomi compatibility coming soon. While several automakers offer variants of the feature, Google’s version is only available for BMW, though the company says it plans to add more car brands.

Android Auto 2023 update

Android Auto 2023 update

A growing number of automakers are also adopting Google’s built-in features in their infotainment systems, allowing drivers to use Google apps without connecting to a smartphone. The 2023 Honda Accord is the latest model to add Google’s built-in features, joining some models from Volvo and Polestar.

New features built into Google include high-definition maps and will be available on the 2024 Volvo EX90 and 2024 Polestar 3 electric SUV. Drivers will soon also be able to watch YouTube videos on the car’s screen while parked. Google also plans to expand the list of Google-built-in car brands, with plans to add Ford and Lincoln later in 2023.

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