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Android Auto expands: Rolling out calendar, EV charging, navigation apps this year – Roadshow





New sorts of apps are coming to Android Auto’s catalog.


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Huge modifications to the Android Auto in-car smartphone interface are simply across the nook in line with a launch by Google this morning. New, expanded classes of driver-focused, third-party apps are coming down the street, with the primary being a brand new Calendar app from Google itself.

Android Auto at present boasts over 3,000 appropriate apps within the Google Play retailer with “purpose-built performance to be used within the automotive,” in line with Google. Nevertheless, most of these apps are easy audio playback apps (like Spotify or Pocket Casts) or messaging companies, which is definitely effective as a result of the motive force might be too busy, you recognize, driving to fret about far more. Nonetheless, there are a number of notable gaps in Android Auto’s suite of apps.

Fortuitously, Google is increasing the classes of Android Auto-compatible apps and is working with companions to convey apps for parking (SpotHero), electrical automobile charging (Chargepoint) and navigation (Sygic) to the dashboard. These new apps must conform to Google’s Android for Automobiles App Library which goals for a low-distraction interface that “guarantee[s] that each one duties inside an app will be achieved with minimal glances or faucets.”

Google Maps in Android Auto can already show electrical automobile charging charging factors alongside the route (generally even with availability and wait times) and discover parking constructions close to your vacation spot. Whereas we do not know the way these new expanded apps will look or perform simply but, hypothetically, they might open the best way to paying for or reserving a parking spot or EV charging station with a faucet on the dashboard. That is bought my curiosity piqued. 

Main as much as this enlargement, the core suite of built-in Android Auto apps can be increasing a bit with the addition of a brand new Calendar app.

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The Calendar app’s interface is easy and just like the remainder of Android Auto’s design.


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Moderately than the acquainted grid of dates, Calendar presents an agenda of the day’s occasions as a easy record with a low-distraction design that matches the requirements for the remainder of the in-car interface. Occasions with related addresses or contacts additionally function shortcuts for turn-by-turn navigation or hands-free calling.

I’ve seen that, at present, Google Maps will generally robotically recommend locations from my calendar within the vacation spot search bar, nevertheless it’s not essentially dependable. The brand new Calendar perform frees Maps customers from the whims of the suggestion algorithm and will make life simpler for customers of different navigation apps, like Waze or one other upcoming member of the newly expanded catalog.

No, there’s not a lot to the Settings app, however at the least it is on the dashboard now.


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Android Auto can be lastly getting a real Settings app. Presently, the gear-shaped Settings icon within the Android Auto app picker is merely a shortcut that pulls up the settings menu on the host Android telephone, which is annoying as a result of the entire level of Android Auto is not having to the touch your telephone. Nevertheless, the replace provides a brand new on-screen Settings menu with toggles for notification preferences, media playback resumption, climate show and extra.

The brand new Android Auto Calendar and the expanded Settings performance shall be rolling out to gadgets working Android 6.zero and later over the approaching month. Early entry companions and others shall be releasing their new apps to their beta testers by the top of this 12 months with the expanded Android Auto APIs changing into publicly accessible for all builders quickly after.





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Antuan Goodwin