The latest Android Auto update now gives users access to their entire contact list on their smartphones.
Previously, users of Google's in-car system could only call someone by asking Google Assistant to call a person, by choosing from the list of the user's favorites and recent calls, or by manually dialing the number.
How To Access Contact List In Android Auto
Now, users can access the full list by going to the phone tab in Android Auto. Next, they should go to the hamburger menu on the top-left corner and then select "Contacts."
Android Auto only gives users unrestricted access when the car is stopped. Otherwise, it will restrict the user after only a few taps, to avoid accidents due to distracted driving.
New Android Auto Updates Seem To Be Counterintuitive
Google initially released Android Auto with enough features and security in place to keep the driver's attention on the road while still being able to use the car's infotainment system. Although the Contacts feature comes with restrictions, it still allows users to browse briefly and it only takes a few seconds of distraction to cause an accident.
This newest update comes on the heels of the previous one that also lets users access their phones. They now only have to swipe up to unlock and the phone will go back to their home screen. According to Google, it is essential so that passengers can still use the connected phone.
Previously, the handset is locked whenever it would connect and run Android Auto. Now that it is not the case anymore, it opens up a possibility that drivers themselves may abuse this feature.
What Is Android Auto
Google's Android Auto is a smart driving companion that makes it easier for riders to use their phone's apps. It is integrated with Google Maps and Google Assistant, but the latter is only available in the United States.
"Whether on your phone screen or on your car display, Android Auto was designed with safety and convenience in mind," the description reads. "With larger touch targets, a simplified interface, and your Google Assistant, it's designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road."
Android Auto now supports a wide array of apps such as Messenger, Spotify, WhatsApp, Hangouts, Skype, and more. It launches automatically when the phone with the Android Auto app is connected to the car via a USB cable.