Google already has an in-car navigation UI within the type of Android Auto, in addition to a future alternative within the type of the Assistant Driving Mode, nevertheless it appears to be implementing a really comparable idea in Google Maps. We have seen music playback controls present up in Maps navigation earlier than, however by no means the Android Auto-style buttons and residential display screen.
The interface in query seems to be lots like Android Auto’s view, however differs in that it is primarily based completely out of the Maps app. The underside has two buttons within the navigation mode — one for voice and one other for a “dwelling display screen” of types — with a 3rd Maps icon showing if you happen to’re not on the precise navigation display screen as a fast approach to return to it. Proper above that’s your music playback, which sports activities massive textual content and buttons that can assist you preserve your eyes on the highway. Every thing above that’s simply the usual Maps navigation UI everyone knows.
Faucet the house display screen button and also you’re dropped at an intuitive display screen the place you may attain all of your necessities — calls, messages, music gamers, and podcast apps. The “Calls” display screen comprises your prime three contacts and three most up-to-date calls, with a “Name another person” button that presumably brings you to your precise dialer. There is a devoted interface for YouTube Music with what Google deems to be important as effectively.
This new interface’s existence is a bit puzzling; it appears to serve just about the identical perform because the Android Auto telephone UI, minus the power to make use of Waze because the navigator. We already knew that Android Auto’s telephone UI can be getting changed by the Assistant Driving Mode, however regardless of wanting comparable, this is not fairly that both. Assistant Driving Mode was introduced over a yr in the past with no ETA offered, and we have not heard something about it since.
The brand new Maps navigation mode does not appear to be absolutely deployed simply but, nevertheless it’s reached a couple of readers and at the very least one member of the AP workers. Sadly, we do not have an APK that we will share, because it appears to be a server-side swap that Google is enjoying round with. Tell us under if this has proven up for you whereas navigating someplace.
- Josh Lawton,