Android Auto, Google's driving application, renewed part of its interface and some of its functions last September with the sole objective of making the tool more complete. Recently Google has re-launched a new update that arrives like rain in May to fill one of the most important deficiencies of the application: the Do Not Disturb mode . However, the company has been integrating in recent months a barrage of functions, functions that we will see below.
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- Mute notifications: the latest in Android Auto
- Multitask for everyone - use two apps at the same time
- Functional memory: now Android Auto is where you left off
- Interface that takes full advantage of the screen size
- Android Auto disappears as an application: you can only use it in compatible cars
Mute notifications: the latest in Android Auto
An option that not a few users have been asking for for some time. The latest update includes a new option that allows us to completely silence notifications . The difference between this function and Do Not Disturb mode is that notifications will continue to be displayed on the screen , except that they will do so without emitting any sound.
By contrast, the aforementioned mode blocks any notification that comes from a third-party application, such as WhatsApp or Telegram.
Multitask for everyone - use two apps at the same time
Another novelty that came with the latest Android Auto design update has to do with the ability to set two applications on the screen .
From the inner bar we can open two applications at the same time, such as Spotify or Waze, or Google Maps and YouTube Music . The possibilities are endless in this regard (as long as the application is compatible with Android Auto).
Functional memory: now Android Auto is where you left off
One of the most popular news. Disconnecting the key from the car's ignition implied resetting the status of the applications. With the latest update, Android Auto stores in memory everything that is inside the applications that we have previously opened.
This is especially useful in applications such as Google Maps, WhatsApp, Waze or Spotify: now Android Auto will allow you to continue playing music in all compatible applications; also with the route if you have configured a route in some of the applications mentioned above.
Interface that takes full advantage of the screen size
The new design has brought a paradigm shift to the Android interface. In addition to supporting the use of two on-screen applications, the new update further optimizes the elements to reduce human-machine interaction and, therefore, distractions while driving .
In applications like Google Maps, for example, the number of elements displayed on the screen is greater : visual indications, instructions through text ... At the system level, Auto has optimized aspects such as the tool's launcher: now a greater number will be displayed apps within the app drawer.
Android Auto disappears as an application: you can only use it in compatible cars
So is. If you have recently updated Android Auto you will have noticed that the application has disappeared from the phone completely. And is that with the new update the application integrates directly with the system, which means that we can only use it if we connect it by means of a USB cable to the dashboard of the car . Nothing about using the phone as an independent browser, or at least that's how it was until now.
Recently Google has released an application called Android Auto for phone screens that brings the original application back to any Android phone. Unfortunately we do not have the latest design, although it will be more than enough if we want to enjoy the basic options of the assistant.
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