What’s new with Android for Automobiles

Posted by Jennifer Chui, Technical Program Supervisor and Rod Lopez, Product Supervisor

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At Google, our work in automobiles has at all times been guided by our imaginative and prescient of making protected and seamless linked experiences. This work wouldn’t be doable with out builders such as you. We’re excited to share a few of our mixed accomplishments from this previous 12 months, and introduce new updates that can make it simpler so that you can present customers with a good higher expertise within the automotive.

Android Auto continues to develop and scale, with appropriate autos now numbering over 150 million worldwide. An rising quantity are additionally wirelessly appropriate, and with the newly launched Motorola MA1 adapter, much more drivers now have entry to a wi-fi expertise. As well as, our new design for Android Auto brings split-screen performance to each display screen, retaining navigation and media entrance and middle whereas additionally offering room for distinguished notification widgets.

View of the Android Automotive dashboard 

Android Automotive OS with Google built-in additionally has thrilling updates. Past the continued enlargement of carmakers which can be bringing extra automotive fashions to the market, we’ve additionally been laborious at work enabling extra parked experiences to make the most of the massive screens that many AAOS automobiles provide. From extra video streaming apps like Epix Now and Tubi to future options like looking and forged, there’s a lot to stay up for, and given minimal effort is required to translate your massive display screen pill apps right into a parked automotive expertise, it’s now simpler than ever to succeed in customers within the automotive.

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View of the Android Automotive dashboard 

We all know that growing for automobiles will be complicated, which is why we’re targeted on making growing throughout Android for Automobiles as simple as doable. We’ve seen sturdy momentum with our Automotive App Library with over 200 apps revealed thus far, and past enriching the navigation characteristic set with model 1.3, we’re additionally excited to share that every one builders can now publish apps in supported classes on to manufacturing for each Android Auto and Android Automotive OS. We’ve additionally created new templates and expanded our supported app classes, including driver apps like Lyft to the navigation class, and changing the parking and charging classes with a complete focal point (POI) class to incorporate apps like MochiMochi and Fuelio.

We’re additionally introducing a number of new options that can assist you construct extra highly effective media apps on Android Auto. Media suggestions working facet by facet with Google Assistant helps customers simply uncover and shortly play related content material primarily based on their most well-liked music supplier on the click on of a button. To floor suggestions out of your app, combine with this API.

For lengthy kind content material resembling podcasts and audiobooks, now you can introduce a progress bar that reveals how a lot of the content material the consumer has beforehand listened to, and with our new single merchandise styling API, now you can assign content material gadgets individually as both listing or grid versus categorically, to simply mix them in the identical content material house.

View of the Android Automotive dashboard 

We’re grateful to have you ever on the journey with us as we search to create safer, extra seamless linked experiences in automobiles. Make sure to take a look at our Google I/O technical session above, and as at all times, you will get assist from the developer neighborhood at Stack Overflow utilizing the android-automotive and android-auto tags. We are able to’t wait to see what you construct subsequent, and the place the highway takes you.

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