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Google Enhances Android Auto with New Apps and Casting Features

Android Auto gets new entertainment apps (including Angry Birds), casting support, and developer tools to make car experiences better.

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has announced an update for Android Auto, introducing new entertainment apps and casting support. Revealed at Google I/O 2024, the update aims to improve the in-car experience for users with vehicles equipped with Google built-in technology.

Select car models, including those from Polestar, Volvo, and Renault, will now support popular video streaming apps such as Max and Peacock. These apps will be accessible only when the vehicle is parked, ensuring driver safety. Additionally, the iconic game Angry Birds will be available, joining other games like Pin the UFO and Zoo Boom.

More Support for Casting

The update also brings Google Cast to cars running on Android Automotive OS. This feature allows users to stream content from their phones and tablets directly to the car's display. Rivian models will be the first to receive this feature, with other manufacturers expected to follow.

Google is rolling out new developer tools designed to simplify the creation of apps and experiences for Auto. A new program will facilitate the conversion of existing mobile apps into car-compatible versions, broadening the range of applications available to users. New quality tiers for car apps, inspired by those for large screens, will streamline this process. These tiers include Tier 1: Car differentiated, Tier 2: Car optimized, and Tier 3: Car ready.

Uber Driver App Integration

The Uber Driver app is now available on Android Auto, allowing drivers to accept rides and deliveries, and get turn-by-turn directions on a bigger screen. This integration aims to enhance the usability and convenience for Uber drivers.

Google is also launching the Car ready mobile apps program to accelerate bringing mobile apps to cars with no additional work for developers. As part of this program, Google will proactively review mobile apps that are already adaptive and large screen compatible to ensure safety and compatibility in cars.

New Tools and Emulators

To assist developers, Google is introducing new tools and emulators for creating high-quality experiences in cars. This includes an emulator for distant and panoramic displays and a tool for addressing the wide range of screen shapes and user interfaces present in cars. Additionally, an Android Automotive OS system image for Pixel Tablet is being introduced for early access partners for development and testing purposes.

Google has highlighted that Android Automotive OS is becoming the standard for car-based , with over 200 million compatible vehicles currently on the road. The platform's recent updates enable users to check electric vehicle (EV) battery levels and participate in Zoom calls while driving.

Luke Jones
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