Google just rolled out a brand new update to Android Auto with a redesigned user interface for everyone via stable and beta channels. We have discussed AA Coolwalk design extensively on our site before and the update is finally rolling out. Today, Google released the latest Android Auto 8.7 Beta APK with new features and a redesigned user interface.
The latest Android Auto 8.7 update features Coolwalk UI and tons of features and capabilities. For one, the new design is based on Material You. Your favorite album art and recently-used apps will be added to the quick launcher for quickly access.
You will soon be able to make WhatsApp calls directly from Android Auto. You will be able to accept incoming calls as well for a hands-free experience.
While you can already use and share your digital car key across Pixel and iPhone, Key sharing is coming to Samsung and Xiaomi phones with this update. Key sharing makes it easier to give trusted friends and family access to your car.
Learn more about what’s new with this update below.
What’s New With New Android Auto Update?
The new Coolwalk user interface (UI) is now available for all Android Auto users via beta channel. All you need to do is download the latest Android Auto v8.7 APK on your phone and connect it to the car head unit.
The new design focuses on three crucial tasks for drivers: navigation, communication with friends and family, and listening to music or podcasts.
Google Maps has been moved closer to the driver’s seat, allowing you to see where you’re headed at a glance.
The redesigned media card incorporates the best of Material You to highlight your favorite album art, and the new fast launcher allows you to swiftly access recently-used apps.
Furthermore, the split screen arrangement is adjustable to many screen sizes, so it looks seamless on all car displays with widescreen, portrait, or any other screen size.
Google Assistant now makes intelligent recommendations, such as missed call reminders, speedy arrival time-sharing, and instant access to music or podcasts.
On-screen shortcuts expedite message responses and phone calls to favorite contacts.
In addition, Google is introducing a seekable progress bar for music and podcasts so you may skip ahead in a song or episode.
Finally, starting with the latest Pixel and Samsung phones, you can soon make calls using WhatsApp with Android Auto.
To make it easier to provide trusted friends and family access to your automobile, you can currently share your digital car key between Pixel and iPhone.
Samsung phones will soon support key sharing, while Xiaomi users will be able to use and share digital auto keys later this year.
Cars with Google built-in bring Google Assistant, Google Maps, and more apps from Google Play directly to the car screen without relying on a phone, so drivers can just get in and go.
Read more about the new Android Auto Update from Google’s Blog. OR watch the video below.
If you are an Android Auto beta tester, follow this tutorial on how to force enable Coolwalk on any AA-enabled device.
Download Android Auto 8.7 APK
Here, download the latest stable Android Auto 8.7.1301 APK featuring Coolwalk for all car displays, Material You Design, and Dark Theme for the phone settings app.
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 a wired connection.
- Android Auto APK v8.7 (arm64)
- Android Auto APK v8.7 (arm-v7a)
- Google Launched New Android Auto With Coolwalk UI For All [APK Download]
The complete version is Android Auto 8.7.1301 beta.
Register for Android Auto Beta Tester
Download Android Auto from Play Store
While Coolwalk is enabled by Google via a server-side switch (for both beta and stable channels), many have received the update by forcing it.
Beta build does activate Coolwalk for many on the phone. However, when plugged phone to car, it was back to the old UI. It is recommended to do a data clean and reboot, and it will be back to coolwalk.