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Hey Google, pay for gas — Android Auto is getting a whole new bag of tricks

Hey Google, pay for gas — Android Auto is getting a whole new bag of tricks

Google has been ramping up its efforts to get people to stop driving with a wheel in one hand and a smartphone in the other. Many of the things in Google's driving experience are getting an upgrade, if not an entirely new interface, including the classic Android Auto, the phone-oriented Assistant driving mode, and even the upcoming Android Automotive.

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Google Maps for Android Auto suddenly remembers that some countries drive on the left

Google Maps for Android Auto suddenly remembers that some countries drive on the left

Despite having a worldwide presence, Google can often be depressingly myopic when it comes to thinking of other countries. Case in point: Android Auto has been around for six years, and only now is Google thinking about optimizing Maps for countries where people drive on the left (with a car's steering wheel on the right), representing more than a billion people.

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Android Auto may get multitasking on the navigation screen, and somebody will surely complain

Android Auto may get multitasking on the navigation screen, and somebody will surely complain

Android Auto has gone through quite a few revisions over the years, with many changes aimed at making the interface easier to use while people are driving. With the latest update, a new interface is in development that may promise to keep the navigation screen in view all the time so drivers never have to switch screens just to check notifications or control music.

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Google squashes Android Auto location bug so you can search for services near you again

Google squashes Android Auto location bug so you can search for services near you again

One of the little Google features we probably all take for granted is being able to easily find services near to us via Maps, Assistant, Search, etc. Unfortunately, some Android Auto users have been encountering a bug that meant searching for anything "near me" or "nearby" would return results close to the users' homes, rather than their current location. Thankfully, Google says it's rolled out a fix.

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Android Auto users are gaining access to another electric charging network

Android Auto users are gaining access to another electric charging network

Ever since Google opened up third-party API options for Android Auto apps, we've seen plenty of new experiences come to in-dash displays. Specialized navigation tools may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you're planning on going off-road any time soon, it can be a game-changer. If you own an electric car, you know how important it is to locate nearby charging stations. ChargePoint added Android Auto support to its app a few months ago, and with this week's update, it's Electrify America's turn.

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Weekend poll: How will you replace Android Auto on phone screens?

Weekend poll: How will you replace Android Auto on phone screens?

This week, we learned Android Auto's long-delayed death on phone screens was back on the calendar. It's been a long time coming, but that hasn't stopped fans of Google's driver-friendly app from feeling frustrated by the transition. It's also left users up in the air over where to go next for all their driving needs.

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Google confirms it's the end of the road for Android Auto on phone screens

Google confirms it's the end of the road for Android Auto on phone screens

A couple of years ago, Google announced an all-new experience for drivers seeking to use their phones hands-free without endangering others. Dubbed "Assistant Driving Mode," it was intended to replace Android Auto's dated display — until suddenly, it wasn't. Instead, Google developed a shortcut for Android 10 devices, designed to keep the old Auto interface alive and well while work continued on Assistant Driving Mode. With the newer app slowly arriving throughout various regions worldwide, the old UI is on its way out.

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Android Auto gets another navigation alternative to Google Maps

Android Auto gets another navigation alternative to Google Maps

Google Maps is generally pretty darn great, but it's always good to have alternatives. There have been a variety of new navigation tools for the Android Auto system over the last few months, including Waze, TomTom, and Gaia, all taking advantage of new third-party API options. The latest is Yandex.Maps, the popular mapping app from Russia-based Yandex.

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Android Auto starts suggesting music, news, and podcasts, so you can keep your focus on the road

Android Auto starts suggesting music, news, and podcasts, so you can keep your focus on the road

We've heard it all along, Android Auto is designed around keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. While that doesn't always work out in practice, many of the changes to the Auto interface are at least intended to streamline your interactions with the screen. It looks like Google may have identified people were spending too much time browsing for music and podcasts, because a new shortcut now provides automatic suggestions that can get you listening without a lot of tapping.

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Android Auto gets a new navigation app for your off-road adventures

Android Auto gets a new navigation app for your off-road adventures

It took several years for Google to allow Android Auto head units to run third-party navigation apps instead of its own Maps service. As expected, Waze was the first on board, then more followed suit, including TomTom NaviGO. But all of those are made for typical route-following drivers. What if you want to take your 4x4 on an off-road adventure? You'd need a specialized app for that, like Gaia, and now it's just landed on Auto.

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