Google already has an in-car navigation UI within the type of Android Auto, but it surely appears to be implementing a really related idea in Google Maps. We have seen music playback controls show up in Maps navigation earlier than, however by no means the Android Auto-style buttons and residential display.
The interface in query appears to be like loads like Android Auto’s view, however differs in that it is based mostly solely out of the Maps app. The underside has two buttons within the navigation mode — one for voice and one other for a “residence display” of kinds — with a 3rd Maps icon showing should you’re not on the precise navigation display as a fast approach to return to it. Proper above that’s your music playback, which sports activities giant textual content and buttons that can assist you hold your eyes on the highway. All the things above that’s simply the usual Maps navigation UI everyone knows.
Faucet the house display button and also you’re dropped at an intuitive display the place you’ll be able to attain all of your necessities — calls, messages, music gamers, and podcast apps. The “Calls” display accommodates your high three contacts and three most up-to-date calls, with a “Name another person” button that presumably brings you to your precise dialer. There is a devoted interface for YouTube Music with what Google deems to be important as effectively.
This new interface’s existence is a bit puzzling; it appears to serve nearly the identical perform because the Android Auto telephone UI, minus the power to make use of Waze because the navigator. We already knew that Android Auto’s telephone UI can be getting changed by the Assistant Driving Mode, however this is not that both. It does look related, although.
The brand new mode would not appear to be absolutely deployed simply but, but it surely’s reached just a few readers and at the least one member of the AP employees. Sadly, we do not have an APK that we will share, because it appears to be a server-side swap that Google is enjoying round with. Tell us beneath if this has proven up for you whereas navigating someplace.
- Josh Lawton,