Android Auto gets new look, dark mode and lots of nifty improvements

The new Android Auto will take greater advantage of the screens it's used on. During Google's I/O 2019 developer conference, it unveiled Android Auto's new look, as well as the platform's improved communication, navigation, and background app features.

Google is also promising a more seamless experience; at least for those who use Android Auto from their phones.

As before, you'll use Android Auto by connecting it to your car's infotainment system. Android Auto will now start as soon as you start your vehicle, and it will continue playing whatever media you were playing previously and display the navigation app of your choice.

Google has just announced a massive redesign for Android Auto that makes it easier to manage notifications, access apps, and control media.

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In between is a dynamic section displaying audio or phone controls when you're in the navigation screen, and navigation instructions everywhere else.

With that in mind, the main interface of Android Auto now features a navigation bar which will tell you your turn-by-turn directions and allow you to control your phone all from one place. "We're evolving Android Auto's design to fit in better with your car's interior", Lopez says. A new Notification Center will show all the recent calls, messages, and alerts. Everything is tied together under a dark theme, in line with Google's new Material guidelines.

In addition to Dark Mode, Auto is getting a few other design-related tweaks, such as new fonts and new button icons. Just picking up where you left off should be easier, too, as Android Auto can both resume media playback and launch your preferred navigation app when you start the vehicle. Those of you with larger in-car displays will also be happy to know that Auto will finally expand to fill the entire screen.

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