Lately, Google has used CES as a platform to showcase its vision of “Better Together” — the concept all gadgets ought to play good with one another. Sometimes, meaning it makes bulletins round options like Quick Pair and growth of Forged compatibility to extra third-party merchandise. At CES 2023, the corporate shared that it is working with Spotify to integrate the Join streaming instrument into the Android UI. It additionally teased a preview of an audio handoff function that might counsel totally different gadgets to maneuver your music onto relying in your habits and the place you’re.
However CES is an enormous automobile present, and Google additionally has merchandise for cars. At present, it additionally informed us that its higher-resolution maps will debut on the Polestar 3 and, for the primary time since its announcement at I/O 2022, confirmed off the newest Android Auto interface to the general public.
There have been two automobiles on the Google sales space on the Las Vegas Conference Middle’s trailer lot — a BMW i7 with the brand new Android Auto expertise and a Volvo EX90 with Google inbuilt. This was our first take a look at the Volvo itself, and we’ll be placing up a separate hands-on about our expertise with that in a bit. Our focus for this story (and video) is the new Android Auto.
Like we realized at I/O, the up to date interface will adapt to greater display screen sizes and have a break up display screen structure. Google’s eliminated the standing bar, putting indicator icons in a small sq. to the highest left, and added a row of shortcut keys beneath that. Once we had been within the automobile, the left panel housed the Spotify app, and with a swipe from the appropriate facet, we pulled in an inventory of steered playlists.
This left window additionally serves as a container for alerts that you do not have time to cope with throughout your drive. For instance, if a notification is available in, you possibly can swipe proper on it to ship it to the dock, and it will wait there till you are able to cope with it.
For extra of our expertise with the revamped Android Auto within the BMW i7, take a look at the video above! And ensure to remain tuned this week for a ton of reports popping out of CES 2023.