New Android Auto update brings enhanced media and messaging services

Android Auto update improves media browsing, adds MMS and RCS group chat support

Android Auto adds media and messaging features

The idea, obviously, is to allow you to choose music or audiobooks to listen to quickly, minimizing the time you're messing with Android Auto's interface with your eyes off the road. Google is updating the system with new features to make it even faster to find music and check messages.

Android Auto is receiving a number of promising new features, including wireless connectivity, group messaging, and Google Assistant built-in.

If you're not already committed to another big-screen music streaming service, you can head over to the Play Store to pre-register for the Android TV Amazon Music app now. You can also ask for a specific song, podcast, or book.

Next, Google has also added some improvements to the whole messaging experience.

As for media, Google is mostly making UX-related changes. Perhaps most importantly, Android Auto will also be gaining support for apps that use MMS and RCS, which is definitely an exciting addition.

On the media front, Android Auto is creating a new "browse" experience that immediately surfaces content as soon as you select an app.

Music apps such as Spotify, Google Play Music and iHeartRadio have full integration with the latest version of Android Auto.

Unforunately, we were unable to see in on our end from either iOS or Android despite having Google Music / YouTube Premium subscription.

In order to help keep you focused on the road, Android Auto can now show you your message preview when the vehicle comes to a stop. This means that your favorite messaging apps can now offer additional capabilities, like support for group messaging.

The update will be fully available to all users in the next "several days".

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