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Android Auto has some snazzy new Material You settings

The new look is hidden in app version 8.6


Android Auto recently got its much-anticipated redesign on your car’s dashboard, at least if you’re on the beta version of the app and if you’re lucky enough to get it rolled out to your device. However, the company hasn’t updated the Android Auto settings (accessible on your phone) alongside the new in-car design. It looks like this will soon change, as a new Material You version of Android Auto’s settings has appeared.

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As noted and powered by the Google News Telegram channel, the first hints of the settings redesign appeared in version 8.5 of the app, which included a new Material3SettingsActivity. In Android Auto beta version 8.6, this new activity finally became fully functional and includes everything you could want if you like Google’s latest Material Design iteration. However, it looks like it’s still not generally available, so it’s either something that’s enabled via hidden flags in the app or something that’s only being rolled out gradually for now.

When enabled, the settings window comes with the signature large, scrollable headers, a circular button for the “Connect a car” option, and those new toggles that are part of Material Design 3. The app also adheres to your branded system preferences – new dark mode. Along with the redesign, the old header image is gone, as it hasn’t been part of Google’s interface design for a while. Overall, the new look makes for a much more modern experience, with newly arranged and grouped options that make it easier to navigate the screen.

It’s good to see that Google is finally ready to polish Android Auto like this. After all, many people spend way too much time in their cars, and having a pleasant experience with their infotainment system is one of those little things that can make driving less miserable, especially since Android Auto’s redesign brings many new features to the car, like an improved split screen, a more modern media player, and an easier way to switch between apps.

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