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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Android Auto In Android 6.0 Marshmallow - Google Skips Details [Google Event Recap]

Google held their Nexus media event on September 29. If you watched the live stream of the keynote which lasted over an hour, you may have come across Google's announcement of the upcoming Android 6.0 Marshmallow. But the tech giant left out some details during the event.

Where was the Android Auto announcement? Does Marshmallow include any changes or improvements to the in-car software?

Although we couldn't get answers to the questions above from the event, Google announced that the latest version of its mobile operating system will begin rolling out next week. The first devices to receive the updates will be existing Nexus smartphones.

So we will wait and see what Marshmallow has in store for Android Auto. I will update my Nexus 5 as soon as the update becomes available and test-drive Android Auto. That's one advantage of owning a Nexus smartphone when it comes to OS updates. Google ensures their own devices receives the updates before anyone else.

I am hoping for some improvements to the general user experience in Android Auto. Current issues like the software freezing, the phone rebooting, or compatible app crashes will hopefully get fixed. I also outlined the need for Android Auto to use icons instead of app lists a few days ago. Check out that post by clicking here.

Stay tuned for the latest details on how Android Auto works with Marshmallow.

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