09 July 2020
Android Auto does not gain new updates frequently and when it does, it may not be a big treatment always. Take for instance the latest change that adds no new functionality or a feature to the Android Auto but brings a handful of minute aesthetic variations around the UI. After a very long time, Android Auto has gained new material icons in Google Maps navigation.
Many of Google’s apps take years to receive the new design language and Android Auto is one of them. As spotted by AndroidPolice, the Google Maps navigation interface in Android Auto is getting a new set of icons. This is a minuscule change and you may not perceive it too easily after it lands on your system. But it is great to note that Google is making its low-maintenance app a bit more consistent with others in the suite.
You will see newer Material Theme icons in the Google Maps shortcut bar when the navigation is active. The new icons pack is more aligned with the design language that Google defined. There are buttons for Settings, Route Overview, Search Along Route, Destinations, and an overflow button that brings up the Share Journey button.
AndroidPolice confirms that the wider rollout is already happening and many users have acknowledged that already. This is a push from the server and there is no new version of Google Maps or Android Auto to see the changes.
Android Auto has been a low-upkeep and it would be great if Google plans to add new functionalities to it in the near future.