Android Auto update brings the customization options you've been waiting for

Personalize how you start your in-car setup

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Though Android Auto is being folded into Google Maps, it hasn’t stopped new features from arriving on the platform. New info now suggests that the folks over at Android Auto are currently taking a look at the way the app starts after plugging in the smartphone.

It follows a wave of recent updates, including the addition of a new button that simplifies how users view their most recent app notifications on the best Android Auto head unit setups.

Currently, Android Auto adopts a rather straightforward approach to handling its connection to your head unit. When plugged in, it automatically forms a connection, starts the app, and then switches one of the best Android phones to silent mode before it takes over the larger display in your vehicle. From here, you can handle the various different options that Android Auto presents. Thanks to another recent multitasking improvement from Google you can now multitask better on smaller head unit screens in your vehicle, as well.

The automated nature of the connection formation keeps things simple, with less user-friendly head units forcing users to tap the Android Auto shortcut before launching the app. But, as spotted by the team over at Auto Evolution, Google wants to give users more granular control at the app level, so it's “started testing a bunch of settings that could at one point be introduced as part of a new Android Auto update,” which let users tinker with how the app responds when it's plugged in.

Better controls at app level

This is backed up by a recent APK analysis of the latest beta build, which shows that Android Auto may introduce more options over what happens when a connection between the head unit and the phone is established.

Though still in beta mode, the APK shows that users could, sometime in the near future, the ability to change what happens by default when Android Auto is connected, offering them the ability to stop the app from automatically opening when connected. Sometimes we don't always want Android Auto to open by default, and this update would give users more control over this at the app level. 

Luke Wilson

Luke is a former news writer at T3 who covered all things tech at T3. Disc golf enthusiast, keen jogger, and fond of all things outdoors (when not indoors messing around with gadgets), Luke wrote about a wide-array of subjects for, including Android Auto, WhatsApp, Sky, Virgin Media, Amazon Kindle, Windows 11, Chromebooks, iPhones and much more, too.