Android Auto Update Tracker

Android Auto Update Tracker November 2022: Version 8.6.1246 Available

Android Auto adds your favourite apps to your car display

The Search Engine Tech Giant was planning to launch a new UI for its Android Auto. In the recent Google event IO 2022, the company teased Android Auto’s upcoming user interface featuring multitasking.

What is Android Auto?

To those unaware, Android Auto is an application developed by Google to reflect some of the features of an Android smartphone on the available car display. Once you have paired your device with your car’s show, you can use some useful applications on your display. It helps you focus on your drive without interrupting your regular work, including sending or receiving text messages, navigating Google maps, listening to your favourite podcast or media apps, and having easy access to what you want while driving.

The company regularly updates the application to make the driving experience of a consumer safer and more accessible. At the beginning of 2022, the company displayed the new UI for the Android Auto app. This article will discuss the latest update, features, and more. Read more to find out.

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What are the features of the Android Auto app?

Android Auto is your intelligent driving companion, which helps you stay connected and entertained with Google Assistant. It has a very simplified and easy-to-use interface which makes the supported app loved by you run smoothly while you are on the road.

With the help of Google Assistant, you can give the tasks right on your vehicle’s display. Some of them are as follows:

  • You can select a route to your next destination using Google Maps with real-time GPS navigation and traffic alerts.
  • Quickly, you can get updates on your way, ETA, and hazards in real time.
  • You can check your calendar to know where you need to be.
  • You will be able to set reminders, get updates on the news, and check last night’s score.
  • You can avoid distractions while driving by setting a custom “do not disturb” message while driving.
  • Android Auto makes it easier to Make calls using Google Assistant and answer incoming calls with a tap.
  • You can access your contacts folder and send and receive messages with Google Assistant using SMS, WhatsApp, Skype, Telegram, and many more messaging apps.
  • You can manage your entertainment and broadcast system like never before.
  • You can have access to listen to your favourite media apps, including Spotify, Google Play Music, Amazon Music, and TIDAL – High Fidelity Music Streaming. Music, radio, sports news, audiobooks, and podcast apps are also supported.

With many features covered, let’s head on to the update tracker, where we will discuss the new changelog available via the update to the Android Auto app.

Android Auto Update Tracker

The company updates the app regularly. And for 2022, we have the following changelog:

November 24: Google is rolling out a new beta build of Android Auto. It comes with version 8.6.1246. The package size is 35.41MB. The update improves the User Experience and DND functionality. It also fixes some issues.

November 16: Google Android Auto app is receiving a new update with version 8.5.6245. The update brings bug fixes and improvements to improve the user experience and the app’s stability.

November 4: Google Android Auto app is receiving a new update with beta version 8.5.1.244. The update brings bug fixes and improvements to enhance the application’s performance.

October 21: Google Android Auto is receiving a new beta update with version 8.4.1242. The update brings bug fixes, enhances the user experience, and increases the app’s stability.

October 4: Google Android Auto is receiving a new update with version 8.2.6239. The update brings performance improvements, bug fixes, enhancements, etc.

The company officially showcased the new UI, called Coolwalk, of Android Auto back in 2021, but since then, they have been silent. And finally, now, the public beta for the new Coolback UI. The most anticipated Android Auto Coolwalk UI is reportedly being rolled out to most car head units across the globe. Hence, Google released Android Auto v8.5.6245 with Coolwalk UI via the stable channel. And we are going to talk about the new UI, the features offered by it, etc.

With the help of a new interface, users can run many apps at a time on the car’s screen. The UI is now cleaner, snappier, and displays more information than the previous version. The split-screen functionality has now been more refined and polished. To clarify, the new Coolwack UI is inspired by the Apple CarPlay dashboard.

The new Coolwalk UI offers the following features:

  • The most useful Google Maps is now larger making it accessible to the driver, not straining the eyes.
  • The media card available on the dashboard has now been completely redesigned, and it expands and contracts based on usage. With just one swipe, you can access recommendations by Google Assistant for music and other apps, etc.
  • In addition to the rail or bar is the new app dock which makes it simple to switch between recently used applications with one tap.
  • There are now more options for layouts on a large screen.
  • The Material You elements and layouts are now available with the new Coolwalk UI of the Android Auto app.

Does your device support Android Auto Application?

You will need an active data connection and a smartphone running Android 6.0 or higher for Android Auto to run on your device. Over 400 car models now support Android Auto. To find out if your car display is compatible and how to enable it, check your owner’s manual or contact your car’s manufacturer. Once enabled, use a high-quality USB cable to connect your phone to your vehicle, and then use Android Auto.

It is important to note that if you are on a new UI (Coolwalk UI) of the Android Auto app, you must have an Android 8.0 or higher version installed on your device. Rest all the procedure remains the same.

About Ansari Zaid

A tech enthusiast that always keeps information on the latest gadget. He covers tech news at DealNTech. When not writing, you'll find him playing mobile games.

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