Android Auto gets major redesign with new features

Android Auto gets major redesign with new features

Meanwhile, according to Google, 50 car brands in 500 models rely on Android Auto; all other cars can be retrofitted with a car mount via smartphone and a Bluetooth connection to the car radio.

To protect user information, Android Q will limit access to device identifiers such as IMEI, serial number, and MAC address, and it will also randomise the device's MAC address when connected to different Wi-Fi networks by default. Thus, a significant bottleneck in the update process is bypassed and new Android updates ought to be reaching devices sooner.

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Notably, if you are a Verizon subscriber, you can get $100 in savings off of a new Pixel 3a if "you add a new line or switch to Verizon".

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Cuthbertson reiterated an earlier Google announcement that Android Q would be created to support future foldable devices, like those announced by Samsung and Huawei.

"Your [screen] is the most power-hungry component in your phone", Cuthbertson said. That being the case, much of what we can expect from the company's annual I/O developer conference has already leaked out.

Another notable new feature is called Live Caption. Smart reply can also suggest other actions based on your notifications.

Cuthbertson said it means updating the security modules in the background, the same way Google updates its apps. Missed calls, messages or alerts will no longer be a concern, as they will be bundled up and displayed in the new notification centre. Rather than a second interface for your phone, Android Automotive is a complete, standalone software that underpins a car's infotainment stack, and incorporates controls for vehicle-related functions like the HVAC system, windows, locks and so on. Once enabled, it'll mute notifications from whichever apps you find distracting.

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