Get ready to enjoy unlimited interaction with Google Play Music while you drive, er, sit still in your car.

Android Auto combines the power of your smartphone with the interface of the not-so-powerful touchscreen system of your car. Since it was released on March 19, 2015, Android Auto has had a safety feature that allows you to only tap the screen a maximum of six times.

This feature was created to make the user keep their eyes on the road and use more voice commands to prevent any distracted driving.

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However, this puts a strain on app developers who have to design their apps around this feature and it is frustrating to consumers who don’t like the limitations of the feature.

The new feature that’s making Android Auto even better

Now, Google has released an update that lets you interact with Google Play Music (while on Android Auto) as much as you want as long as your car is in park.

Instead of dealing with the 6-tap interaction limit, you can use Google Play Music as much as you want when you’re parked.  As of right now this feature is just for Google Play Music. What we don’t know now is whether or not this unlimited interaction will apply to other apps.

Excited about Android Auto? You should be. Here’s some cool things you can do with Android Auto besides listen to music in your driveway.

3 cool things you can do with Android Auto

1. Avoid getting lost with Google Maps

Bring all the awesomeness of Google Maps right to your car. You can search and start navigation using the menu, from the overview screen, or with your voice.

The app stays up-to-date in real time with driving suggestions and traffic updates.

But the real magic of Android Auto and Google Maps is that the app is so user-friendly that you don’t have to spend much time looking at it.

It’s very “glanceable”, if you will, which means you can spend more time with your eyes on the road.

2. Place hands-free calls and text messages

You no longer have to hold your phone to your face or constantly take your eyes off the rod when you want to send a text. Use your voice to

  • send texts
  • initiate or receive phone calls
  • check your voicemail

If you get a text, a notification will pop up.

You can tap it and Android Auto will read it aloud to you and you can reply with your voice too.

3. Listen to the radio, music, and podcasts

Use your voice to find artists, albums, podcasts or radio stations on Google Play Music.

If you’re not a fan of Google Play Music, you can use other popular apps like TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, iHeartRadio and Spotify, which are just some of the apps that come standard with Android Audio.

Android Auto keeps these apps consistent with how they look on your other devices as well, which improves the user experience.

Android Auto also lets you work across screens, which means you can easily find your way to your sister’s friends birthday party using Google Maps while listening to the new Beyoncé album (don’t worry, we won’t tell) – all hands free.

What do you use Android Auto for? Let us know in the comments below!

image credits: autoguide.com , mikehenryphoto.com , kxan.com , huffingtonpost.co.uk

 

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