Google Explains Android Auto Messaging Apps

Google Explains Android Auto Messaging Apps
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Android Johan Larsson Google Explains Android Auto Messaging Apps
Image from Flickr by Johan Larsson

A recent blog post by Google demonstrating how simple it is to extend the functionality of any messaging app to support Android Auto clearly indicates Google’s intentions to collect developer support for its latest Android-based dashboard platform designed for automobiles.


Many users need to communicate while driving their vehicles, which might lead to road accidents. The Android Auto platform supports hands-free messaging and enables the driver to receive and send messages directly via the display on the vehicle’s dashboard, making it safer to communicate.

The blog post by Google demonstrates how a minor addition to the basic code of the messaging application can allow it to work on Android Auto.

Messaging apps do not get installed directly on the dashboard hardware; the app needs to be installed in an Android device, and then the device needs to be plugged into the dashboard of the vehicle. This will enable the user to view and reply to messages using the Auto user interface.

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The application is voice-controlled. When the user receives a text on his or her mobile, he or she is notified, and the text is read out aloud.

The user can similarly record his or her voice message and reply. In the whole process, the user needs to touch the screen only for a few times, and the rest of the process is controlled through voice, resulting into minimum distraction while driving.

One can now use Android in a car all while ensuring road safety, as the Auto user interface supports quick voice communication without distracting the driver.