Finding your favorite tunes just got easier in Android Auto

Judy Cobb
December 3, 2018

Funding Circle said this is the first version of the new Android app and that it will be adding more functionality in the future. With the latest update, things are getting easier.

The company indicates that third-party giants Spotify, WhatsApp and iHeartRadio have complete integration, while its own Google Play Music and Hangouts are also fully supported (Pandora is coming soon). By bringing content to the forefront of your screen, you can now spend less time browsing and more time enjoying the content you like most.

Credit: GoogleOther menus and services have also been altered to serve up more contextual information, albeit in a safe and non-intrusive way.

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.

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Searching for media is easy with the pop-up keyboard.

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Google has released support for hashtags on Maps for Android devices that would help users to discover recommended as well as new places. That's because individual developers will have to update their apps to match the new interface.

The text preview feature only works in Hangouts and WhatsApp right now, but is a welcomed addition to everyone who has been frustrated by only getting messages in audio form even when the auto is stopped.

Google Assistant can also now bring you music search results when you ask for a song, album, artist, playlist, podcast or book - just ask, and then select from a list of results if you want something more specific.

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