Google unveils new Android Auto features and more at CES 2023

Google’s booth at CES officially opened today and showcased some of the progress that has been made to make the Android ecosystem more useful across multiple devices. Some of the apps and features that drove this include the media player, seamless switching between Android and ChromeOS, and an all-new Android Auto.

Uninterrupted listening on all devices

At CES, Google shows how its technology is already helping devices work better together and how we as users can enjoy entertainment in new ways, like expanding its work with Spotify so we can listen without interruption. With Android 13, Google added a new on-screen media player your Android phone’s lock screen and notification area that lets you quickly choose which Bluetooth or Chromecast-enabled devices to play your content on. This year, Google is working closely with Spotify to allow users to easily switch between any Spotify Connect device and the media player on Android.

Google also lets you take your audio content with you throughout your day. This will happen through notifications on your devices, allowing you to start listening to a podcast in the car, continue on your phone and headphones, and finish on your TV at home. As you move, your phone or other devices will send you media notifications asking if you want to move the audio to a nearby device.

Google is working with Spotify to use these notifications to help users enjoy the content they stream on the best device they have. This notification experience will also be available on YouTube Music.

Android and ChromeOS

Designed to be adaptable, open and compatible with each other, Android and Chrome OS were designed to work hand in hand. This trend continues with Android’s three-layer technology stack that understands your proximity to another device and the context in which you’re using it, bringing you a new level of convenience and ease of use.

To link these devices together, Google has integrated tools like Fast Pair, Near Share, Phone Hub, and Chromecast to make switching between devices faster and less cumbersome. Google also built on Android’s rich heritage of personalization and AI to bring a range of individualized features, such as seamless audio switching to copy-and-paste between devices.

These features and more can be found on the latest Chromebooks, such as the ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip and the HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook, both of which were revealed at CES.

The new Android Auto

Google has worked hard to perfect the latest features of Android Auto and chose CES as the best place to showcase them first. This includes a new Android Auto experience that starts rolling out to everyone starting today. This experience was first showcased at Google I/O and focuses on a design update and feature enhancements.

The new design prioritizes navigation, communication and music/podcasts. Maps is now closer to the driver’s seat so you can see your route. The redesigned media card features Material You’s best album graphics and a quick launcher for recently used apps. Android Auto is compatible with all major car manufacturers, so the split-screen layout looks fantastic on widescreen, portrait, and other screen widths.

With the new look, it’s also now easier to complete tasks using Google Assistant. Assistant now features missed call reminders, easy arrival time sharing, and instant access to music/podcasts. Shortcuts speed up replies to messages and call favorites. Later, Google will also add a searchable progress indicator for music and podcasts so you can move forward. WhatsApp will now also be available in Android Audio from Pixel and Samsung phones.

Finally, digital car key sharing will soon be expanded to work with Samsung phones, as well as Pixels and iPhones. Xiaomi users will also be able to redeem and redeem digital auto keys later this year. Digital car keys, already supported by BMW, will be rolled out to more automakers.

All of these new features and more are being showcased at CES this week at Google’s booth in Central Plaza-1. If you happen to be at CES, drop by, otherwise stay tuned to this site for all the latest news from CES.