Just like most Google apps, the Android Auto app also has a beta channel. The search giant just recently released the most anticipated Android Auto 8.0 APK stable version. Simultaneously releasing the latest Android Auto 8.1 via a beta channel with latest features, stability improvements, and bug fixes. Here, download the latest Android Auto 8.1 APK for your Android device running Android 8.0+.
Google is also test-driving the most anticipated Coolwalk UI feature for some users. However, there’s a twist. Some users have reported that the PC head unit emulator, with a screen resolution of 1280×720 or above, unlocks the Coolwalk UI. It may as well unlock CoolWalk UI for car display units with the same screen size or higher.
Alternatively, you can force enable Coolwalk UI on any Android Auto using the latest APK from stable 8.0 or beta 8.1; more on that below.
Apart from Coolwalk, Android Auto 8.1 is a brand new beta update featuring several under-the-hood changes. Google is also preparing the app for a widespread Coolwalk UI overhaul, via a server-side update. You may also want to keep the Google Play Store and Play Services APK updated.
There aren’t any significant changes in Android Auto 8.1 either; as most predicted. It is mostly a version bump and several under-the-hood upgrades.
Android Auto Coodwalk UI
What we know for sure is that Google is working on a new Coolwalk UI for Android Auto. Android Auto codenamed “Coolwalk” is seemingly in the works and a global rollout is coming soon.
Most predicted that this will most likely come with Android Auto 8.x update.
Basically, Coolwalk is Google’s implementation of the popular Apple CarPlay dashboard. It is very similar in user interface and user experience to the CarPlay dashboard.
Coolwalk will enable users to run numerous apps side by side in what seems to be a card-based interface.
Google teased the new Android Auto UI last year and is still working on it. Checkout the new UI below.
Features of Android Auto 8.1
Android Auto has numerous features that you can put to use for a smarter and more entertaining ride with fewer unsafe distractions. Some of them are listed below:
- Use either your phone screen or car display.
- Call Contacts while keeping your hands on the wheel.
- This platform is integrated with the OK Google feature(Google Assistant), which means you can control this platform with the help of your voice.
- Easily stream your favorite music from apps like Spotify, Youtube Music, Pandora music, etc.
- Distraction-free user interface.
- Support messaging apps like Skype, Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, etc.
Users can take the advantage of this platform in any vehicle which offers integration with the platform. There are more than 500 different vehicles that offer this support. Some of these include Nissan, Toyota, Hyundai, Ford, etc.
New Android Auto 8.1 Beta APK Download
In order to use Android Auto in your vehicle, you must have an Android phone running 8.0 or above and a high-quality USB cable for wired connection. The latest version available is Android Auto – Google Maps, Media & Messaging 8.0 on the stable channel and v8.1 on the beta channel.
Currently, there are very few devices that are compatible with this app and you cannot download this app on those devices through Play Store. You can check the full list on Play Store here.
If you don’t see the latest Android Auto 7.5 update on the Play Store, then download the APK directly from below. This will get you the latest stable version on your Android device.
- Android Auto APK v8.1 (arm64) | Telegram Channel | AFH Mirror
- Android Auto APK v8.1 (arm-v7a) | Telegram Channel | AFH Mirror
The complete version is Android Auto 8.1.123404-release.daily beta (Android 8.0+).
Android Auto 8.0 Beta
Download Android Auto from Play Store
Android Auto is a wonderful app to have. The self-driving car may be the automobile’s distant future, but the near future is already in your pocket and it’s pretty awesome.
How to force enable Coolwalk on Android Auto?
You can force enable Coolwalk UI on Android Auto if your device is rooted using a tool called AA-Tweaker. This tool can apply patches to Google Play Services that will enable some extra functionality on Android Auto such as the Collwalk Interface.
- Download the latest Android Auto APK from above.
- Download the latest AA-Tweaker here.
- Install the AA-Tweaker APK on your device.
- Launch it and apply patches.
- Restart your phone.
- Launch Android Auto app.
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