Google Maps looks much better on Android Auto with its latest update.
Although months ago everything indicated that it would be necessary to say goodbye to this function sooner or later, today it is still possible use Android Auto in any car, regardless of whether or not the vehicle in question is compatible. To do this, simply use the mobile version of the application, which integrates an interface similar to that of the vehicle platform.
And the truth is that Google’s plans to end this version of the platform seems not to have gone as the company thought. In fact, the Android Auto mobile version continues to update with new functions and improvements that increasingly reduce the gap between this variant and the platform integrated directly into the devices. A clear example is the latest application update, which makes the experience with Android Auto on mobile even more complete.
Google Maps now “looks” better on Android Auto for mobile
As they have discovered in Android Police, there are several changes that come to the version of Android Auto for mobile. However, the news is not linked to the application itself, but comes along with the version 10.45 of Google Maps for Android.
The first interesting novelty is found in the navigation window. As you can see in the images below these lines, the new version of Maps – the three images at the top – show changes like a darker green shade that improves readability, buttons with rounded corners and an options panel that now lacks the arrow button pointing up that allows you to display the menu itself. Now, enough swipe up from the tab to open the panel.
But the most important novelties appear when you turn the phone and place it in landscape format. With the new version of Maps –in the images at the bottom–, the navigation options menu now does not fill the entire screen, but, as in the version of Android Auto for cars, it only occupies the left half of the panel. The same thing happens when the menu is closed: the toolbar is anchored in the lower left instead of occupying the entire lower part, so the map occupies a much larger area, something that will undoubtedly be appreciated when driving.
We do not know if the driving mode of the Google Assistant finally ended up replacing the Android Auto mobile version. Be that as it may, and if that ever happens, it is appreciated that Google does not forget to continue improving this useful application that allows the Android Auto experience to be brought closer to all those who do not have a car compatible with the platform.
The version of Google Maps for Android that introduces these news in Android Auto It has already started its deployment through Google Play. Therefore, it is expected that in the next hours or days, all users of the application can enjoy the improvements.
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