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Android Auto phone interface gone for many on Android Q Beta 5

Android Auto phone interface gone for many on Android Q Beta 5

Quite a while ago, along announcing the new Android Auto experience, Google also said that it would deprecate the interface for phones completely. It encourages its customers to use Assistant Driving Mode instead, which is poised to come out "this summer." Android Q is apparently already preparing for this, as some users on the latest beta report that the Android Auto app icon is disappearing for them, with no option to start the app from their phones anymore.

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Ford adds 8 vehicles to the Android Auto roster, including the EcoSport and Fiesta

Ford adds 8 vehicles to the Android Auto roster, including the EcoSport and Fiesta

Ford is one the biggest automakers in the world, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that its already-lengthy Android Auto compatibility list has just grown by eight. The additions include three economy cars and four vans, as well as its 647-horsepower GT supercar.

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[Update: Google says not yet] Android Auto's fresh new interface is finally starting to roll out

[Update: Google says not yet] Android Auto's fresh new interface is finally starting to roll out

Earlier this year, fans of Android Auto were given something big to look forward to, as after years of relative stagnation, Google announced that a major overhaul was coming down the pike for its car-connected system. While previously teased with no more specificity than arriving "later this summer," it looks like that update ball has finally started rolling, and the first reports are coming in of the new Auto interface landing.

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Google Assistant is muting itself over Bluetooth for some — a big problem for Android Auto users

Google Assistant is muting itself over Bluetooth for some — a big problem for Android Auto users

We're having trouble reproducing this particular issue, but we've been tipped off to a small pile of reports that the Google Assistant is muting itself when using some Bluetooth devices. That poses a particular problem when using the Assistant together with a Bluetooth connection in a car, with many complaining that it ruins their Android Auto experience.

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Android Auto is getting a ground-up redesign this summer

Android Auto is getting a ground-up redesign this summer

Google released Android Auto more than four years ago, and what we have today looks and works almost the same. That will change this summer, though. Google has just announced a massive redesign for Android Auto that makes it easier to manage notifications, access apps, and control media.

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Android Auto support arrives for Hyundai Palisade, Genesis G70 and G90, and a couple of Kias

Android Auto support arrives for Hyundai Palisade, Genesis G70 and G90, and a couple of Kias

Hyundai was the first automaker to adopt Android Auto with its Sonata back in 2015. Since then, the tech has made its way to virtually every new car (except BMW's, because reasons). The Android Auto support site has just been updated with several cars from Hyundai/Kia, including the Palisade crossover and the G70 and G90 sedans.

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My first look at Google's all-new Android Automotive on the Polestar 2 was very promising

My first look at Google's all-new Android Automotive on the Polestar 2 was very promising

Android Automotive as a platform has, technically, existed for years. The problem is that, compared to a smartphone, it takes a long time to design and build a car, so Google's had to wait those years to give the system a proper introduction. After spending some time seeing it demonstrated in the upcoming Polestar 2 (an all-electric vehicle), I think the wait was worth it: this looks legit.

For ages, we've all said the same thing: "All I want is Google Maps on my car's infotainment screen." Android Auto delivered on some of that promise, but the projected app is subject to performance glitches, wonky voice functionality, and can feel like a square peg in a round hole solution for vehicles that clearly weren't designed with touch-first interfaces in mind.

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Google's rolling out the red carpet for Android Automotive developers at I/O

Google's rolling out the red carpet for Android Automotive developers at I/O

There are a lot of things a software platform needs to succeed, and developer interest is one of the most integral pieces of the puzzle. To help Google's plans for Android Automotive — which brings a full Android OS to cars — the company is gearing up to help interested developers get started at this year's I/O conference.

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The 2020 Toyota Highlander comes with Android Auto standard

The 2020 Toyota Highlander comes with Android Auto standard

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Android Auto update brings half-baked support for Google Voice messages

Android Auto update brings half-baked support for Google Voice messages

Android Auto is designed with simplicity and safety in mind. As such, it will not show all your notifications while you drive, but only the most important ones like navigation, weather, calls, and messages. However, the latter can only be played vocally and are limited to a few apps such as SMS, WhatsApp, and Hangouts. Until now, Google Voice wasn't supported in Android Auto, which meant incoming texts wouldn't appear on your car's screen. The company is finally fixing this thanks to an update that notifies you when receiving Google Voice messages.

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