Android Auto update delivers new messaging and media features

01 December, 2018, 02:14 | Author: Leah Owens
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Now when you search using your voice it will not automatically play its result but will give you other options for what it has found under those search parameters - categorised as well.

The update, due out in the coming days, aims to offer simpler and safer ways to interact with the Android Auto user interface.

Google also says that improvements are on the way to Android Auto's voice search. While it's not a flawless replica of your smartphone experience, new features for searching for music, books, podcasts and viewing messages are trying to make it less of a hassle to have to drive and be away from your phone. But starting with today's update, when you dive into a media app like Google Play Music, you'll find rich, large album artwork on the recent activity screen.

As noted by Android Police, this feature addresses the problem of Assistant not always understanding whether the user is asking for an album or a song.

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Music apps such as Spotify, Google Play Music and iHeartRadio have full integration with the latest version of Android Auto. The idea, obviously, is to allow you to choose music or audiobooks to listen to quickly, minimizing the time you're messing with Android Auto's interface with your eyes off the road. In many cases this removes multiple taps from the media search experience, which is critical in the auto. But there's more to come in the longer term, which could fundamentally reshape the way Android Auto ...

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While Android Auto offers solid and safe access to much of the audio-only media on your phone while you're driving, finding that flawless track or album can sometimes be a wee bit clumsy.

The new Google-powered infotainment will roll out to all Volvo cars in the next couple of years.

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