After an unusual direct release of version 11.4 in the stable channel, Google has opened the beta program for Android Auto 11.5. This version introduces a new setting hinting at the upcoming feature of AI-powered message summaries.

Android Auto 11.5 Beta arrives with potential AI message summaries

Early access for beta testers:

Users enrolled in the Android Auto beta program will receive the update automatically. Others can access the beta version via the APK file available on APKMirror, but note that beta versions are intended for testing and may have bugs or instability.

Potential AI integration:

While Google hasn’t officially announced any new features, a new setting titled “Assistant Notifications” has been discovered in the app’s settings. This setting, possibly related to the previously announced AI message summaries, allows users to control whether the app sends notifications to Google about features such as voice reading or potential AI summaries (although not explicitly mentioned).

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The description makes it clear that it sends these notifications for processing, but does not store them. However, opting out may limit access to certain features.

Limited visibility of changes:

There are currently no other notable changes and Google has not updated the list of known bugs. This suggests that 11.5 may focus mainly on internal fixes and preparation for future features such as AI message digests.

Beta access:

If you’re a beta tester, the update will arrive automatically. Others can download the APK from APK Mirror at your own risk, understanding the potential for instability in pre-installed software.

Overall, Android Auto 11.5 beta offers a glimpse into the platform’s potential future with AI-powered features like message summaries, while maintaining a focus on user control and data privacy.

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Android Auto 11.5 Beta launched with AI message summaries