Take a call and keep Google Maps open with Assistant's 'driving mode'

Google unveils new design for Android Auto

Other niceties include the ability to get into your vehicle and immediately have your music playback continue and your default navigation of app of choice spring into action.

With the new layout, there should be significantly less screen switching. With Assistant's new Driving Mode, which is also coming this summer, you only need to say "Hey Google, let's drive", and your handset will immediately serve up a list of relevant notifications and actions, from friends and family to call, to a link to the last podcast you were listening to, so you can hop right back into it once you're in the vehicle. Android Q also provides protections for other sensitive device information, like serial numbers.

Google will usher in a sleeker look for Android Auto this summer, the technology company announced on Monday. In Android Q, you will have the option to share location only while data is being actively used.

For tired Android phone users who've gotten used to grand delays between feature announcement and said feature actually becoming reality on their own devices, this change represents at least a small win. The Live Caption function works for any media that's playing audio across the OS. The company has a bunch of new features that focus on accessibility and privacy. It works with videos, podcasts, and audio messages include media that you record yourself. With the Map open, you'll get music controls at the bottom.

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Some parts of the Android framework will be updated in the background without requiring a reboot. As soon as speech is detected, captions will automagically appear.

Android's previous version, Oreo, only had installation numbers around the 5.7 percent mark as of May a year ago, and that's after 9 months of availability. When enabled, it allows you to silence apps that may be distracting to you during times you need to focus.

Starting in Beta 3, Google is enabling system-provided smart replies and actions that are inserted directly into notifications by default. And finally, security updates will be delivered directly over-the-air on Android Q, and you won't need to restart your device to apply them (which is the same way Google apps are updated).

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