Android Auto Update to Bring a Fresh Look to Google Maps

In the world of Android Auto, changes have been afoot over the years, but they’ve mostly been subtle ones. Major upgrades to Android Auto have been rare. However, Google is now set to introduce a minor yet refreshing design change to Google Maps, giving it a more contemporary appearance.

As reported by 9 To 5 Google, the navigation screen on Google Maps is in for a design overhaul to reduce the clutter of information. The Estimated Travel Time now takes a more prominent position at the top of the screen, while the remaining distance and ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) information are neatly displayed below it. Buttons for functions like stopping navigation, finding alternate routes, searching for additional locations, checking stops on the route, and accessing a three-dot menu for more options have been repositioned below without the separator line that was previously present.

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However, it’s important to note that not everyone may immediately see this new design, as it appears to be a server-side update. So, even if you have the latest beta versions of Android Auto (v10.8) and Google Maps (v11.104.0100) installed on your phone, you may not have access to the updated Google Maps design just yet. Nonetheless, this design tweak gives Google Maps a more contemporary feel.

Over the past few months, Google has also introduced a translucent sidebar, displaying important buttons such as Settings, Mute Sounds, Orientation, Zoom In, and Zoom Out. This addition contributes to a less cluttered look compared to earlier designs.

In conclusion, Google is making strides to enhance the user experience with Android Auto by introducing a minor design update to Google Maps. This not only modernizes the appearance but also streamlines the interface for a more user-friendly navigation experience. While the update may not be immediately accessible to all users, it’s a step in the right direction for making Google Maps more stylish and user-centric.

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