The last couple of weeks had been so occupied for Google, ranging from Launching Android’s new identity to some partial fixes to her car’s integration software, Android Auto. Following up with Google’s promises, the tech giant finally rolled out exciting features and apps for car owners. This update is set to redefine how people commute and redefine their in-car experiences.
Here are 5 new exciting features and apps on Android Auto
1. WebEx and Zoom Integration for Meetings
Android Auto is now your productivity hub on wheels, turbocharging your productivity. In a groundbreaking move, both WebEx by Cisco and Zoom are debuting on Android Auto with audio-only capabilities. This means you can seamlessly hop into scheduled meetings and conference calls directly from your car’s display, eliminating the need to fumble for your phone. It’s a game-changer for smart car owners.
Imagine you’re stuck in traffic on your way to an important meeting. With WebEx and Zoom on Android Auto, you can simply join the conference call right from your car’s dashboard. It’s not just a time-saver; it’s a safety-enhancer too, as you can stay focused on the road while attending crucial work discussions.
2. Prime Video for Entertainment
Life isn’t all about work, and Google knows it. Prime Video is now within reach on Google Play for select car models like Renault, Polestar, and Volvo, with more brands in line to follow. Whether you’re waiting for the school bell to ring or giving your electric vehicle a quick charge, you can start streaming your favorite content like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” to blockbuster hits like “Creed III.”
3. Vivaldi Internet Browser for Seamless Browsing
Expanding your parked entertainment options, Vivaldi, a robust Chromium-based internet browser, is making its debut on Google Play in your car. This powerful browser allows you to surf the web safely while parked, ensuring you maximize your time within your vehicle. Vivaldi’s introduction to your car’s dashboard means you can access important websites and information without leaving your vehicle. Whether you need to check the latest news, find a nearby restaurant, or simply browse your favorite websites, Vivaldi makes it effortless.
4. The Weather Channel App
Google is also focused on enhancing your peace of mind while on the road. Soon, The Weather Channel app will be at your fingertips on cars equipped with Google technology. With this app, you’ll always stay updated on changing weather conditions, thanks to hourly forecasts, follow-me alerting, and “Trip View” radar. It keeps you informed about road conditions ahead, even during unexpected rainstorms.
With The Weather Channel app in your car, you can stay informed about upcoming weather conditions, helping you make informed decisions about when to take breaks or find alternative routes. It’s like having a personal meteorologist right in your vehicle.
5. Digital Car Key Evolution
Google now makes it easy to unlock and start your car, making the process simpler and more secure. The support for digital car keys is expanding, allowing you to perform these tasks using just your smartphone. What’s more, you can share your digital key wirelessly with family and friends across both Android and iOS devices. This feature is rolling out on select Hyundai, Genesis, and Kia models in the U.S., Canada, and Korea, designed for compatible Pixel phones and Samsung devices.
Although there are complaints about the CoolwalkUI, with these groundbreaking updates across Android Auto and cars equipped with Google technology, your driving experience is evolving into one that’s not just convenient but also immensely entertaining and safe. Keep an eye out for further innovations as we journey into the future of automotive technology. Google’s commitment to enhancing your driving experience is unwavering, and there’s much more to come.