Android Auto Update Brings RCS Support, Improved Media Support, More

Angelica Greene
December 1, 2018

That version of Auto isn't here quite yet, but Google is still issuing updates to the traditional Android Auto app to make the user's experience more enjoyable and much more useful. You now have an improved layout, featuring large album art views, allowing you to quickly identify and select something to play.

Along with the new media browsing interface and messaging preview Google have also announced improved search features and group messaging capabilities. Sometimes you can get far more information from the text preview of a message in a shorter amount of time than having a message read aloud. 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. Now when you search using your voice it will not automatically play its result but will give you other options for what it has found under those search parameters - categorised as well. But note that you'll need to turn on this preview feature manually via Settings.

Previously Android Auto could only display plain SMS messages, but Google has now added group messaging, along with MMS and RCS messaging support.

Today, Google is pushing updates to media and messaging on the Auto platform.

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Android Auto is getting new features, while Google partner Volvo unveils its new Android infotainment system.

Unforunately, we were unable to see in on our end from either iOS or Android despite having Google Music / YouTube Premium subscription. The messaging features are now available for Messages, Hangouts, and WhatsApp, with more supported apps on the way.

The updates will become available in the next few days.

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