Called the Dashboard, this new feature supports navigation apps, phone call information, music players, and calendar integration. In 2020, major apps like Waze and Google Maps have also been updated to run in the dedicated navigation card.
Needless to say, people loved this dashboard because they could get information from multiple apps with just a quick glance at the screen. As a result, many wondered if Google ever wants to bring such an alternative to the world of Android Auto.
And as it turns out, Google not only introduced something similar but made the whole thing much better in so many ways.
Android Auto 6.1 packs this new split-screen mode that makes it possible to run two different apps side by side, including Google Maps and media apps. So, in other words, you can have the navigation app and your music player on the screen at the same time, and given these two are the most popular tools we run in the car, there’s a chance the need for interacting with the head unit has been substantially reduced.
As compared to the CarPlay dashboard, which groups multiple apps in smaller cards on the same screen, Android Auto allows two apps side by side in larger panes, thus making the information much easier to seen by the driver.
The only shortcoming is the new split-screen mode is only available for cars with wider screens. Hopefully, Google will find a way to bring this CarPlay dashboard alternative to standard displays at some point in the future.