Google Releases a Small Android Auto Change You May Not Even Notice

Google keeps working on polishing the experience on Android Auto, and the company has been very committed lately to improving the way users interact with Google Assistant.
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One of the updates that the search giant released for Android Auto earlier this year brought us a new UI for Google Assistant, essentially replacing the popup and animation that showed up at the top of the screen with a floating card that’s now displayed at the bottom.

This was without a doubt a helpful improvement, especially because the new approach required less space on the screen, and now it looks like Google’s releasing more tweaks for this UI.

The Google Assistant UI is now slightly moved to the left part of the screen and the words that are displayed in the card show up as you speak and they are recognized. The whole thing happens in real time to provide you with visual feedback, and new animation is also included for this refined UI too, making the interaction with the Assistant feel more polished and modern.

Right now, however, there’s a chance that Google is still experimenting with this new design, as it doesn’t appear to be live for everybody. While for some the new Assistant UI is already available on Android Auto 5.7 with the Google Pixel 5 and the Galaxy Z Fold 2, it’s nowhere to be seen on the same version of Android Auto with a Samsung Galaxy Note20 for me.

Most likely, this change is enabled by a server-side switch, and I expect Google to roll out the more polished Assistant UI to all Android Auto users in the coming days.

In the meantime, the Mountain View-based search company is also expected to ship a new Android Auto version, though for now, a specific ETA isn’t yet available. Android Auto 5.8 will bring new fixes for users out there, and it will most likely also include other small changes that will further polish the experience behind the wheel.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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