In the past few days, little has happened again about Android Auto. The usual beta version appeared first, this time from version 6.8 of the popular car app. However, at first glance, you can not find any visible innovations. For me, the connection to the official SDK doesn’t work anymore, which I always use. The latest update 6.8 will likely come in early September at the latest.
This is new: “Media Picks” from the Google Assistant
However, there are new functions of Android Auto that have now appeared with early users. Suddenly they find a new button in the navigation bar. They didn’t make or change anything for that. The new button also opens a new menu that suggests interesting content. This content comes from apps like Spotify and can include music, podcasts, news, etc. Voice only, it seems to me.
Android Auto brings Google Assistant
Obviously, these are automatic suggestions that Google Assistant gives us. Anyway, it reveals its premium logo. So Android Auto recommends using audible modes for driving. This may be less of a distraction because people may make their decisions quickly and not spend many hours searching inconclusively about applications.
So far, this new function has appeared in quite a few people, and therefore it is still very rare. So Google did not activate it in principle with version 6.8 beta. Installing the said beta will not bring you anything at first. I anticipate a final job offer in the coming weeks. An official report from Google is still pending.
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