Google doesn’t typically publish release notes when new Android Auto updates go live, so users out there are the ones that must dig into every single version to figure out what’s been changed.
While Google obviously hasn’t said a single thing about this, it looks like the phone interface on Android Auto has received a small facelift adding tabs at the top of the screen.
What this means is that you’re now getting tabbed navigation to quickly jump from one screen to another, such as favorites, recent calls, and contacts. There’s also a “more” button for additional options.
This new feature has been discovered by the developer of the Android Auto customization app Extras for AA, and it’s believed to be currently in testing with just a small number of users. I just checked in my car and the old phone app UI is still there, so there’s a chance the interface makeover is still in the experimental phase and Google only enables it with a server-side switch for users out there gradually.
In the meantime, if you’re waiting for a new Android Auto, it shouldn’t take too long before it goes live. Android Auto version 5.9 should be published in the coming days as the last update of the year, and the focus will most likely continue to be on fixing bugs and improving the overall performance.
But as we learned recently, the upcoming Android Auto 6, possibly coming in January, could bring more substantial improvements, including wallpaper support, thus allowing users to change the background with one from a pre-loaded pack. The first code in this regard is already there in Android Auto, so it is now just a matter of time until it goes live for users.