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Android Auto gets Waze, a standalone app, hotword support, and Wi-Fi projection

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Lawrence Bowman
May 19, 2016 21:10
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA—Google is showing off a major Android Auto upgrade at Google I/O, and many of the features address long-standing user requests.

On the Android Auto home screen, the navigation bar changes to an Android Auto-style app switcher with Maps, Music, and Phone icons.

Notifications appear as huge, full-screen pop-ups with large, simple text strings.

Still, Google says it wants to adhere to the regulations anyway, so expect to see limits on list views and a six-tap maximum once you get inside an app.

If you're plugged into a car, you'll get the casted interface; if there's nothing plugged in, the app will boot into a standalone mode.

Google is working on Wi-Fi projection, so if you buy a new Wi-Fi compatible car or get a new stereo you'll be able to beam the Android Auto interface to the car screen without a wire.

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