The latest update to Google’s smartphone-powered car infotainment system is a very small one – so small, in fact, that the company hasn’t published a change log explaining what’s new. It is called version 8.1.6264, comes after version 8.1.6261 and is likely little more than a patch to fix a couple of small bugs discovered in the previous build.
Announced back in May and codenamed Coolwalk, the update will see a complete overhaul of the Android Auto user interface, ushering in a new home screen with navigation, music and incoming messages displayed all at once, not dissimilar to Apple CarPlay.
Google said at the time how the update would arrive before the end of the summer. But with us now firing up the heating and reaching for our knitwear in late-September, the Coolwalk upgrade is still nowhere to be seen.
Technically, summer in the northern hemisphere ends on 23 September. So if Google is to meet its own deadline, Android Auto needs to receive the update this week. This might arrive as a downloadable software update, but could also be initiated by a server-side change from Google, which would enable the new interface with the flick of a switch.
We think a downloadable update to a new build number, such as 8.2, is most likely, and we’re still holding onto hope that it’ll arrive before summer officially comes to an end later this week.