Android Auto is getting even easier to use. Google is updating the system with new features to make it even faster to find music and check messages. In regard to the media features, Android Auto has improved the layout of the media section so that content is front and center. Large album art is visible so you can easily find and select what you want to listen to. Additionally, the voice search has been improved so you can ask Google to play a specific artist, playlist, or genre with a simple voice search.
Messaging is also becoming easier. Now when your vehicle is stopped, Android Auto will show you a short preview of the message. It should be noted that this is optional and users will need to enable it in Settings. In addition to previews, Android Auto is also gaining support for MMS and RCS messages. While these add a number of capabilities, perhaps most important for Android Auto users is the support for group messaging.
The new media features are currently available for Google Play Books, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, Pocket Casts, and Spotify, with more supported apps coming soon. The messaging features are currently available for Messages, Hangouts, and WhatsApp, with more supported apps on the way.
Do you use Android Auto? How do you like it?