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Google Revamps Android Auto Interface with Dark Mode

The new notification centre would display recent messages and calls at an accessable spot on the screen

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Google is rolling out a redesign for its driver assisting mobile app — Android Auto — with a default dark mode, colourful accents and readable fonts to the app which, the search-engine giant thinks, would fit better with modern automotive interiors.

“We’re evolving Android Auto’s design to fit in better with your car’s interior.The new app interface is built to help you get on the road faster, show more useful information at a glance and simplify common tasks while driving,” Rod Lopez, Product Manager, Android Auto, wrote in a blog-post on Monday.

Launched in 2015, Google’s Android Auto was made to mirror features from an Android device to a car’s compatible in-dash information and entertainment head unit.

The redesign would allow users to see directions turn-by-turn even while they control other apps and would allow them to easily discover and start other apps compatible with Android Auto.

Google on an Android device. Pixabay

The new notification centre would display recent messages and calls at an accessable spot on the screen.

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“If you have a car with a wider screen, ‘Android Auto’ now maximises your display to show you more information, like next-turn directions, playback controls and ongoing calls,” Lopez added. (IANS)

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Google Assistant Rolls out Interpreter Mode for Smartphones

Google Assistant's interpreter mode comes to smartphones

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Google Assistant rolls out interpreter mode for Android and iOS devices. Pixabay

Interpreter mode, the real-time translation tool is now rolling out to Assistant for Android and iOS users.

Now, by just using a smartphone can have a back and forth conversation with someone speaking a foreign language.

Google says it will work with 44 languages and can be invoked by saying commands like “Hey Google, help me speak Thai” or “Hey Google, be my German translator.”

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To access it on iOS, user needs to download the latest Google Assistant app. Pixabay

“To get started, just say “Hey Google, be my German translator” or “Hey Google, help me speak Spanish” and you’ll see and hear the translated conversation on your phone. After each translation, the Assistant may present Smart Replies, giving you suggestions that let you quickly respond without speaking-which can make your conversations faster and even more seamless,” Lilian Rincon, Senior Director of Product Management, Google Assistant said in a statement on Thursday.

To access it on iOS, user needs to download the latest Google Assistant app.

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Interpreter mode also features different ways to communicate suited to the users situation: one can type using a keyboard for quiet environments, or manually select what language to speak.

To recall, back in January at CES, Google announced an Interpreter Mode for Smart Displays and speakers. (IANS)