New Android Auto update brings enhanced media and messaging services

Android Auto update improves media browsing, adds MMS and RCS group chat support

The company is updating two core parts of the Android Auto experience: communication and media. Google is updating the system with new features to make it even faster to find music and check messages. An improved layout, featuring large album art views, lets you quickly identify and select something to play. As always Google says the new features add more convenience without sacrificing safety. The interface looks quite similar to the equalizer found in the Google Play Music app. Specifically, Google says that Android Auto can now be configured to show message previews while your vehicle is stopped, but reassures that you can turn toggle this feature off for times when you want to keep those messages private. Spotify, iHeartRadio and Google Play Music have already completed their integrations with the new features (Pocket Casts seems to work already as well), but other media apps will continue to work with just the basic play/pause features as before. And when you do have to hunt down that one song in your library, Google Assistant is now better equipped to help.

As for media, Google is mostly making UX-related changes.

Android Auto now supports MMS and RCS messages in addition to SMS, meaning you can take part in group conversations in apps like Android Messages and WhatsApp.

Android Auto update improves media browsing, adds MMS and RCS group chat support
New Android Auto update brings enhanced media and messaging services

Here's the list of compatible apps for Android Auto, including all those music, media, and messaging apps. We've also made improvements to the voice search experience.

Unforunately, we were unable to see in on our end from either iOS or Android despite having Google Music / YouTube Premium subscription.

The update will be fully available to all users in the next "several days".

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