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Google Assistant Driving Mode gets major update with Android Auto

Google Assistant Driving Mode gets major update with Android Auto

Google revealed a set of updates to the Android Auto experience this week with Google Assistant, car displays, and Google apps built-in services. Google Assistant driving mode on Android phones was given a new dashboard this week with the keyword phrase "Hey Google, let's drive." This new mode will deliver "glanceable, tappable cards" for ease of use while driving - with special emphasis on music with Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube Music, Podcast Addict, JioSaavn, Audible, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, and others in the mix.

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Twitter edge-to-edge images for iOS make it more like Instagram

Twitter edge-to-edge images for iOS make it more like Instagram

Twitter is testing a new feature this week that'll make the whole platform a lot more like Instagram. Starting on iOS devices (of course), Twitter is testing what they're calling "edge-to-edge" images. This goes for individual images as well as sets of images in a gallery. With this feature, there'll be no space between images posted in a Tweet and the edge of a display screen.

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2022 Porsche Taycan adds Android Auto, auto-park option and new colors

2022 Porsche Taycan adds Android Auto, auto-park option and new colors

Porsche's Taycan EV is hardly a tech-laggard, but the automaker is giving the 2022 Taycan and its shapely 2022 Taycan Cross Turismo cousin a gadget upgrade for the new model year. Probably the most demanded feature that's finally arriving is support for Android Auto in the Porsche infotainment system, where it joins the existing Apple CarPlay integration.

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Android Auto on phone screens is dead, long live Assistant Driving Mode

Android Auto on phone screens is dead, long live Assistant Driving Mode

Aside from smartphones and smartwatches, Android's other official incarnations have been less consistent, including on tablets. Android Auto and Android TV have undergone shifts that completely change the game, for better or for worse. Android Auto's history has been rather tumultuous, especially with the launch of a different but related Android Automotive. Now things are taking another turn with the removal of Android Auto for phone screens, forcing users to switch to Google Assistant's Driving Mode instead.

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Google opens Android Auto beta testing to all

Google opens Android Auto beta testing to all

Android users who have wanted to participate in beta testing have the opportunity to beta test Android Auto. Google has announced that anyone with an Android phone can now register to be a beta tester for Android Auto. The program will give users early access to features and updates in Android Auto before they release it to the general public.

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Porsche unveils PCM 6.0 infotainment system with enhanced voice commands and Android Auto

Porsche unveils PCM 6.0 infotainment system with enhanced voice commands and Android Auto

German automaker Porsche has recently unveiled its next-gen Porsche Communication Management (PCM 6.0) infotainment system. The biggest news is the inclusion of wired Android Auto in addition to wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity.

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This new Android Auto update is all about speed

This new Android Auto update is all about speed

Android Auto is getting a much-requested update, with the in-car smartphone interface making it far faster and easier to jump between your most commonly-used apps and services while on the road, as well as navigate through the UI and to key destinations. The new features will allow Android Auto users to customize more of the smartphone projection system, which is increasingly supported - either wired or wirelessly - in new cars, trucks, and SUVs.

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Android 12 adds digital car key plus Fast Pair expands to Beats & vehicles

Android 12 adds digital car key plus Fast Pair expands to Beats & vehicles

There's a fair chance that your Android phone can already project Google Maps and other apps to your car's dashboard, and next Google aims to do away with your car keys too. Android handsets are becoming digital keys, with Android 12 bringing secure entry and vehicle start support on select handsets when used with select vehicles. Meanwhile, actually getting your phone connected to a car should be easier, too.

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ChargePoint’s EV charger app now works in Android Auto

ChargePoint’s EV charger app now works in Android Auto

There's another good reason to plug your Android phone into your car, assuming it's electric, with ChargePoint bringing its charger-locating app to Google's infotainment interface. The new integration sees ChargePoint's EV charger database more easily accessible on the dashboard, something which could be a welcome sight should the power gauge on your car be unexpectedly low.

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TomTom AmiGO on Android Auto joins growing list of alternative apps

TomTom AmiGO on Android Auto joins growing list of alternative apps

Although Android Auto supported a number of Android apps that were designed for safe hands-free use for driving, that was true only for those that didn't have anything to do with navigation. It was only a few months ago when Google finally opened the doors to third-party navigation, parking, and charging apps and some big names in that market have started to set up shop, like TomTom's Waze-like AmiGO app, no available on Android Auto.

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Android Auto is finally getting the apps drivers really need

Android Auto is finally getting the apps drivers really need

Android Auto looks set to get a whole new batch of apps, with Google opening the door a little wider when it comes to software designed to run on your dashboard. The company is now allowing navigation, parking, and charging apps to publish in the Google Play store, giving the smartphone projection system a much-needed injection of fresh functionality.

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Android gets scheduled Messages, new in-car UI & games, plus password safety checks

Android gets scheduled Messages, new in-car UI & games, plus password safety checks

Android users are getting new messaging, Android Auto, and password management features, along with a new TalkBack screen reader version for the visually-impaired. Beginning to roll out from today, the new updates won't just be limited to Android 12 - which opened up for the developer preview last week - but will work with multiple generations of the OS from the past few years.

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