Google’s new Android Auto interface works with any screen size

Increase / Many sizes of Android Auto.

Google / Ron Amadeo

Android Auto, Google’s car interface app for Android, gets a new, bigger one flexible design on Google I / O. Previously, Android Auto required a fairly rigid aspect ratio. This could not cope things like large, vertically oriented car screens, and often resorted to a box pillar or interface letterbox to maintain a clever layout. Now Google says the interface is “built to adapt to any screen size” thanks to a new panel design.

Google says “there are three main features that drivers prefer in their cars: navigation, media and communication,” and the new Android Auto design puts each of these interfaces in its own dashboard. Maps are getting the biggest, the main panel, media and communication panels are located side by side, and there is a combined status / navigation panel. To accommodate millions of different screen sizes, these items can be placed in the orientation that works best in the car.

One example, close to the current Android Auto configuration, shows a combo panel oriented vertically to the side of the screen, followed by a vertical set of message and media panels, followed by a large Google Maps panel. Another example of a more vertical screen design shows a large Google Maps panel at the top of the message bar and media bar, and a list bar at the bottom. Things can be designed for yourself.

The new interface will be released “this summer”.

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