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The new Android Auto is easier on the eyes and easier to use

The newest version of Android Auto is starting to roll out to users. Take a tour of the redesigned interface.

Antuan Goodwin
Antuan Goodwin gained his automotive knowledge the old fashioned way, by turning wrenches in a driveway and picking up speeding tickets. From drivetrain tech and electrification to car audio installs and cabin tech, if it's on wheels, Antuan is knowledgeable.
Antuan Goodwin
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Meet the new, redesigned Android Auto. This is the first major interface change since the software debuted in 2014.

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Google Maps looks about the same, but the interface around it -- from the notifications to the menus -- has gotten the dark mode treatment.

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A small change that makes a big difference is the new bottom bar, which now features a dynamic multitasking area.

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Android Auto now features an app launcher that looks a lot like the app launcher on Google's Pixel phones.

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You'll also find new Google Assistant shortcuts nestled among the apps.

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The Now Playing screen now features timestamps and a darker scheme that's easier on the eyes at night.

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You can now also see complete album art thanks to the thumbnail image next to the titles.

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Status icons along the top edge have been pushed deeper into the corners, making room in the main area for content.

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And in the bottom right corner are icons for notifications (the bell) and Google Assistant (the microphone).

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Keep on clicking or scrolling for more screenshots and in-car photos, and check out our hands-on impressions to learn how the new Android Auto stacks up to the old familiar interface.

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