Google Releases Highly Anticipated Android Auto 6.0 Update

Google has recently released the very first Android Auto update of the year, bringing the app to version 6.0. However, the company has once again included just an old changelog with the update, thus letting users all alone in their quest to discover what’s new.
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The official release notes continue to point to improvements for the Do Not Disturb functionality, the dark mode that is now independent of the phone, and other bug fixes and refinements. So if you’re wondering what Android Auto 6.0 brings new to the market, you must install the app and start digging for changes from version 5.9.

That's because at first glance, Android Auto 6.0 doesn’t include any big new features, though we do know of several important improvements already being planned and likely just around the corner.

One of them is support for wallpapers, something that Google has been working on for quite a while and supposed to go live rather sooner than later.

With wallpaper support, Android Auto will allow users to choose a background for the home screen, though it's worth knowing that Google won’t just make it possible to select any custom photo for the whole thing. Not at first, at least, so users will have to pick from a pre-loaded collection of wallpapers that will come bundled with Android Auto.

These images are already there in Android Auto, including in this newly-released version 6.0, only that the feature isn’t ready for prime time; we just have to wait a bit more until Google enables it. When the development phase is finalized, the new feature will show up in Android Auto’s settings screen, allowing you to choose a new wallpaper on the fly.

Google has never commented on wallpaper support coming to Android Auto, so no ETA has ever been provided for this feature. It is, however, expected to land in the next few updates.
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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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