[Update: Rolling Out] Android Auto 4.7 adds media notifications toggle and prepares for launcher customization and media resuming
Android Auto has improved leaps and bounds over the last couple of years, adding a ton of useful new features for commuters globally. The app introduced support for wireless connections with Pixel and Nexus devices back at CES last year, including a few Samsung Galaxy flagships to the lineup just last week. Now, with the latest update, the app brings a new media notification toggle into the mix, while also hinting at a couple of upcoming features.
As you can see in the screenshot above, the app now has a Show media notifications toggle within the Android Auto notifications tab. This new toggle will allow you to enable media notifications for any apps that don’t natively support Android Auto. Furthermore, the update also points towards an upcoming home screen customization feature with which you’ll be able to choose which apps show up in the Android Auto launcher. As of now, there are just two apps listed within the new setting, which suggests that it’s currently under development and might roll out in a future update.
It isn’t quite clear how exactly we will be able to customize the interface, but an APK teardown by 9to5Google reveals that it will only allow you to hide icons on the home screen. The feature seems quite rudimentary at best, especially considering the fact that you can do much more with Substratum themes.
The update also reveals a new Automatically resume media toggle that, once turned on, will automatically resume media playback as soon as you start driving. On top of all that, the aforementioned APK teardown also suggests that Google is adding a new in-app tutorial for the updated Android Auto experience to help new users. The Android Auto v4.7 update is rolling out to users via the Play Store, but in case you haven’t received it yet, you can easily sideload it from APKMirror.
Update 1: Android Auto App Drawer Customization Rolling Out
According to Redditor /u/pkoya1 and others on the /r/AndroidAuto subreddit, the ability to customize which apps appear in the app drawer/Android Auto launcher is now rolling out. You can download the latest release of the Android app from the Google Play Store or APKMirror, but there’s no guarantee the feature will appear in Settings for you. It’s likely being made available for some users via a server-side flag. Keep an eye out in Android Auto’s settings in the next few days.