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Android Auto update improves media browsing, adds MMS and RCS support

01 December, 2018, 12:39 | Author: Tara Roberts
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The company is updating two core parts of the Android Auto experience: communication and media.

Google is releasing a safety-focused update to its Android Auto platform to make it easier for drivers to access content and view messages. The album art views, for example, are an important change that will let you quickly identify different things you can play and start playback without much hassle. In addition to previews, Android Auto is also gaining support for MMS and RCS messages. Specifically, Google says that Android Auto can now be configured to show message previews while your vehicle is stopped, but reassures that you can turn toggle this feature off for times when you want to keep those messages private. But starting with today's update, when you dive into a media app like Google Play Music, you'll find rich, large album artwork on the recent activity screen.

Like listening to music while you drive?

Google Maps, Google Play and more coming to connected cars. This feature works in Google Play Books, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, Pocket Casts. The messaging features are now available for Messages, Hangouts, and WhatsApp, with more supported apps on the way.

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While Android Auto offers solid and safe access to much of the audio-only media on your phone while you're driving, finding that flawless track or album can sometimes be a wee bit clumsy.

It's nice to see Google focused on bringing a stellar Auto experience for users, and these updates should make the whole experience better and safer for users.

The updates will become available in the next few days.

If you know what you want to listen to but you're driving and didn't queue up the right playlist, you can use voice.



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