The latest update to Android Auto brings a much-needed design overhaul, making the user interface more user-friendly and intuitive. The navigation panel has been centralized, and the call and music cards are now displayed at the bottom of the panel. The bottom of the UI now features Google Assistant, filling up the blank space. Let's take a closer look at the major changes in the Android Auto redesign.
Major Changes in Android Auto Redesign
Google has once again revamped its Assistant interface on Android Auto, offering users a refined and polished experience. One of the key changes is the introduction of a "listening" UI on the bottom bar, which replaces app icons. This UI transcribes the user's speech along the bar, making it easier to interact with the Assistant. Additionally, voice replies have been overhauled and are now displayed alongside maps.
Google Assistant Re-Imagined
The updated Google Assistant now welcomes users with a friendly "Hi, how can I help you?" tag when there's a moment of silence. As soon as the user starts speaking, the Assistant transcribes the voice commands along the bar. It's worth noting that the replies from the Assistant are still read aloud and not displayed on the screen.
Improved Voice Replies
In addition to the aesthetic overhaul, Google has also improved the voice reply experience on Android Auto. Voice replies now utilize any unused space on the screen, making better use of the available real estate. The interface includes a "Speak now" prompt in one panel, transcribing the message while providing clear "Cancel" and "Send" buttons. The recipient's profile picture and name, as well as the app icon (e.g., Telegram), are also displayed.
AI Auto Reply
Google is leveraging its generative AI capabilities to enhance the auto reply feature on Android Auto. After introducing generative AI to Chrome, Google plans to bring similar features to Android Auto. While a preview video showcased some design elements, these specific features are not yet live but are expected to roll out soon. These features include AI message summaries on Android Auto and more context-aware auto-replies.
Get New Android Auto
The redesign is part of Android Auto version 11.2 and aims to enhance the overall user experience. The update will be gradually rolled out to users over the next few weeks. Users can look forward to a more streamlined and user-friendly interface, along with improved voice replies and the upcoming AI-powered auto reply features.