Android Auto update improves media browsing, adds MMS and RCS support

All you need to see on one screen

All you need to see on one

Android Auto brings your Android phone interface to your car's infotainment system on 400 different vehicle models. Google is updating the system with new features to make it even faster to find music and check messages.

If you're a regular user of any of those apps listed above, you'll see an improved layout that surfaces things like your recent activity with large album art.

Android Auto is receiving a number of promising new features, including wireless connectivity, group messaging, and Google Assistant built-in.

Meanwhile, the app bar in "My apps & games" is now stark white - matching Google's broader design language - with the previous green accent only present to note what tab you're currently viewing. Spotify, iHeartRadio and Google Play Music have already completed their integrations with the new features (Pocket Casts seems to work already as well), but other media apps will continue to work with just the basic play/pause features as before.

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Like listening to music while you drive?

Google also says that improvements are on the way to Android Auto's voice search. And Google says that it's working to bring new updates to more music and media apps. But note that you'll need to turn on this preview feature manually via Settings.

Group messaging is also available through the car-optimized interface, along with MMS and RCS messaging. The messaging features are now available for Messages, Hangouts, and WhatsApp, with more supported apps on the way. The change was first noticed in 9to5Google's teardown of the app from a few weeks ago and now appears to be rolling out to all users.

Unforunately, we were unable to see in on our end from either iOS or Android despite having Google Music / YouTube Premium subscription.

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