more buttons, refined design and new wallpapers

The operating system for vehicles is preparing to change its appearance by improving its interface and design: according to the latest beta, active for some users, the vehicle screen introduces control buttons, new notification and playback cards, Android Auto looks polished its general appearance and includes three new wallpapers.

It seems that Google has put the batteries with its Android for motorized vehicles, the last year we have seen how Android Auto made a big leap in terms of features, apps and compatibility. Google finally decided to open the platform to more applications, especially navigation. And there comes a noticeable change in the design of Android Auto: the beta evolves the appearance of the screen.

Android Auto 6.9 arrives with a noticeable visual change

New Android Auto navigation menu. Image from XDA Developers

It is not that Android Auto has changed excessively since Google introduced it back in 2014. Its lower navigation bar has been refined, the icons are more stylized, Looks at home with the Material design of Android smartphones and, in general, Google has managed to maintain simplicity of use in order to minimize distractions at the wheel.

Screen2Auto turns the Android Auto screen into a tablet with all your mobile apps

The Android Auto beta amounts to version 6.9 bringing noticeable changes to a select group of users. We have tried to test them, but the system insisted on offering the old interface. Quite the opposite of what they achieved in XDA Developers: they managed to activate the new interface to take screenshots of its appearance and operation. This interface is named as “Coolwalk”.

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The first thing that catches your eye is the lower navigation bar: Android Auto incorporates the access button to compatible applications (redesigned to an icon with multiple dots) and to the menu of personalized cards, the “Home” that we could already appreciate in the driving mode of Google Assistant.

Android Auto New Interface

Improved notifications. Image from XDA Developers

Apart from the navigation menu, the new Android Auto “Coolwalk” redesign notification cards by smoothing the corners and better integrating colored backgrounds. And now it allows you to choose when Android Auto starts: automatically (when the car detects the phone) or when the guided navigation starts. Finally, Android Auto adds three new wallpapers to the collection of them available.

Android Auto New Interface

Card menu with relevant information. Image from XDA Developers

You can try the Android Auto beta 6.9 if you signed up for the Android Auto tests, you also have the option to directly install the APK file. Yes indeed, the most likely thing is that the new interface does not appear yet: Google will progressively activate it from its servers.

Vía | XDA Developers



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