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Google announces new Android Auto features

Google announces new Android Auto features”

Google this week unveiled a new series of features for Android Auto to make it easier to view messages or search for music, books and podcasts while you're on the move. The album art views, for example, are an important change that will let you quickly identify different things you can play and start playback without much hassle.

These new messaging features are going live first in Android Messages, Hangouts, and WhatsApp, though like the improvements coming to media browsing and search, they'll also be arriving in other apps in the coming months. You can now say "OK Google, play 80s music" or "OK Google, play Lilt". Amazon Music has more than two million songs for your listening pleasure, according to the listing, and the TV interface doesn't look too bad, either. Google has also made improvements to the voice search experience.

If you know what you want to listen to but you're driving and didn't queue up the right playlist, you can use voice. And Google says that it's working to bring new updates to more music and media apps.

Music apps such as Spotify, Google Play Music and iHeartRadio have full integration with the latest version of Android Auto.

Third, Android Auto now supports apps that use MMS and RCS. If you don't have it enabled, try closing the Google Play Store from the Recents menu and reloading, or clearing data in system settings.

The text preview feature only works in Hangouts and WhatsApp right now, but is a welcomed addition to everyone who has been frustrated by only getting messages in audio form even when the auto is stopped. Now when your vehicle is stopped, Android Auto will show you a short preview of the message. Google says that this update is rolling out today and should be fully available to everyone over the next several days, so keep an eye out for it.



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