Upcoming Android Auto Update Improves Media Discovery and Messaging

Upcoming Android Auto Update Improves Media Discovery and Messaging

Upcoming Android Auto Update Improves Media Discovery and Messaging

If that's not enough, voice searches can now return a list of all the matching media results. It should be noted that this is optional and users will need to enable it in Settings. Currently, when you tell Google Assistant to play music, it just starts playing whatever you requested; for example, "Play Whiskey Myers" will simply shuffle all Whiskey Myers songs (which isn't a bad thing-they don't have a bad song). While it's not a ideal replica of your smartphone experience, new features for searching for music, books, podcasts and viewing messages are trying to make it less of a hassle to have to drive and be away from your phone. Spotify, iHeartRadio and Google Play Music have already completed their integrations with the new features (Pocket Casts seems to work already as well), but other media apps will continue to work with just the basic play/pause features as before. The preview displays a subject header, the sender's name, and an abbreviated version of the message.

While these changes sound encouraging on paper, it's going to be some time before we really see Google's new vision for Android Auto take shape.

Back in May of this year, we had the opportunity to preview a new version of Android Auto that's built right into the vehicle.

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