Zoom in / The many sizes of Android Auto.

Google / Ron Amadeo

Android Auto, Google’s car interface app for Android, gets new, more flexible design in Google I / O. Previously, Android Auto required a fairly solid screen ratio. That he couldn’t handle it things like large, vertically oriented car screens and often resort to columns or mailboxes on the user interface to maintain a reasonable layout. Google now says the interface is “built to fit any screen size” thanks to a new panel design.

Google says that “there are three main functionalities that drivers give priority to in their cars: navigation, media and communication”, and the new design of Android Auto puts each of these interfaces in its own panel. The maps get the biggest, the main panel, the media and communication panels are arranged next to each other and there is a combined status / navigation bar. To fit millions of different screen sizes, these elements can be arranged in whatever orientation works best in the car.

One example, close to the current Android Auto configuration, shows the combo bar oriented vertically to the side of the screen, followed by a vertical stack of messages and media panels, then a large Google Maps panel. Another example of a more vertical screen design shows a large Google Maps panel at the top of the message and media panels, with the combo bar at the bottom. Things can be arranged to fit.

The new interface will be released “this summer”.


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