Google's Android Auto Refreshed With Dark Mode And Enhanced Navigation Bar

The Woebot app logo which features a yellow robot on a blue background

Duplex for web will be made available in the United States and United Kingdom on Android smartphones later this year and could be used to fill forms for the user to make auto rental bookings. A new navigation bar finds place at the bottom of the display and allows users to operate turn-by-turn navigation and control other apps (like the music player), all on the same screen. Where cards with relevant information used to take center stage, Google has now moved toward serving up a list of app icons, more similarly to how Apple's CarPlay operates.

This will be possible in Android Q because Google will be making a set of operating system modules updatable through downloadable security patches.

Cuthbertson confirmed that Android Q will be receiving a Dark Theme, which she said was not only a highly requested feature, but something that will save battery power.

On the mobile side, Flutter 1.5 is out now, too, adding "hundreds of changes in response to developer feedback, including updates for new App Store iOS SDK requirements, updates to the iOS and Material widgets, engine support for new device types, and Dart 2.3 featuring new UI-as-code language features".

Android Auto, as most of you know, is a mobile app developed by Google which mirrors features and interface from an Android device connected to the head unit/infotainment system of a vehicle. Google says that this darker color palette is "easy on the eyes" and should allow the UI to better blend in with your vehicle's interior (many of which feature black or dark grey upper dashboards and black bezels around the central display).

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Iran said the action was being taken because the European Union and others "did not have the power to resist U.S. pressure". Currently, the accord limits Iran to enriching uranium to 3.67 per cent, which can fuel a commercial nuclear power plant.

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Then there's Google Lens , which turns the camera of Android phones into a powerful computer vision tool. The Pixel 3A and the Pixel 3A XL are supposed to be the accessible models of the Google Pixel lineup.

Google also announced ways it's encouraging Android developers to use Kotlin, the fast-growing programming language. A new continued conversation feature also lets users make several requests in a row without saying the hotword "Hey Google" every time. As you drive, calls and other alerts will roll in in a low profile way and be relayed through speech, so that you can easily accept or dismiss them with your voice.

Your phone can become the ultimate dashboard screen with Google Assistant's upcoming "driving mode".

Google is also working on a new Android Automotive OS based on Linux. Downloads will also require the user to select a location via the system file picker.

Android Auto is in for a refresh.

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