Google recently made a slew of new Android announcements, including a number of new upcoming upgrades for Android Auto. These upgrades will be rolling out soon, with support for touchscreen quick responses for message notifications, digital car keys, and a permanent shortcut to the music streamer of your choice.
First of all, you can now ask Android Auto to launch automatically as soon as your phone connects to your car.
Android Auto has supported multiple messaging services since its launch, but until now you could only reply to messages using Google Assistant voice control. Now, however, Android Auto has added support for Smart Reply, a feature that lets you reply to messages by quickly tapping pre-written responses on the touchscreen, similar to Google Messages, Gmail, Chat and more. Again.
Finding your music just got easier too, with a new voice search feature and a new music button that appears on the Android Auto home screen and will play music with just one click.
Finally, Google is introducing a “Digital Car Key” feature that allows you to lock, unlock or start your compatible vehicle directly from your phone. So, if you have a Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, or Samsung Galaxy S21 and live in certain countries, you will be able to use this feature immediately.
Besides Android Auto updates, Android Automotive is also getting an upgrade with a new app.
Amazon has released a dedicated Android Automotive version of Amazon Music, available for download now from the Google Play Store on Android Automotive.
Unfortunately, Amazon Music is currently only available in the US – sorry for UK and Australian readers.
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