Google released a large Android Auto update for the popular infotainment service. One large issue with Android Auto that was difficult to rectify was compatibility across multiple vehicles. Different vehicles have infotainment displays of largely different sizes, orientations, and resolutions. This meant some vehicles had an excellent experience with Android Auto while some were difficult to navigate.
This new update allows Android Auto to dynamically scale its size and orientation to the display it is being outputted to. On top of this, the service now supports split-screen functionality on any display, allowing users to have a navigation map open while also having a communication window open. Google announced that these two services were the most popular uses for its Android Auto tool, so it focused on optimizing these two for split-screen. Aside from this, the tool will also display currently played music overtop of the windows. Lastly, the Android Auto Assistant will now be more proactive in order to keep drivers' eyes' on the road. The assistant will suggest intelligent replies to messages, and it can be controlled by voice.
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Google Released Several Updates for its Android Auto Tool
1. Dynamic Scaling Infotainment Displays - Car manufacturers can take advantage of dynamic scaling capabilities to offer greater flexibility of infotainment display size and orientation, regardless of the vehicle model.
2. Split-screen Infotainment Functionality - The growing trend of split-screen functionality in vehicular infotainment systems presents opportunities for technology firms to develop innovative solutions for more efficient and engaging multi-tasking experiences.
3. Proactive Infotainment Assistants - Incorporating proactive digital assistants that offer intelligent messaging and hands-free interactions like voice controls into infotainment systems could be the next big trend in the automotive industry.
1. Automotive Technology - Automotive Tech manufacturers can collaborate with Google to integrate its Android Auto tool with their hardware to enhance user experiences across different vehicle models.
2. Smartphone Integration - There is an opportunity for smartphone manufacturers to leverage the powerful AI and voice-activated capabilities of digital assistants powered by Android Auto to bring more value to infotainment experiences.
3. Navigation Software - Navigation software developers can explore the trending split-screen functionality and build similar dynamic and engaging experiences that offer not only navigation and communication features but other engaging functionalities as well.