Last week, Google updated the I/O app for the 2018 edition of the developer conference. Earlier this evening, the counterpart iOS application was updated and it reveals that Android Auto is set to get a “brand new media experience.”
While the Android and iOS app share the same general experience and latest Material Design flourishes, the latter includes a more featured map of the Shoreline Amphitheater complete with tents, concessions stands, and sandboxes.
A “sandbox” is Google’s term for a space that showcase certain tentpole products like Android, Assistant, Cloud, and the web. It might feature devices, software, or other interactive demos. The description for the Android Auto sandbox notes that attendees can expect to see a “brand new media experience for Android Auto, both on your phone screen and on your car display.”
This update geared towards developers will make it “easier and faster than ever before to surface content to users.” Google will be displaying both first and third-party apps that have “adapted and optimized for the new automotive interface,” including Maps, Assistant, and interestingly the Play Store.
Meanwhile, Google is showing off an “in-car concept with the latest version of Android running as the built-in infotainment platform.” Android Automotive was shown off at I/O 17, as seen in the video below.
Other car related events at I/O 18 also include a Waymo sandbox that will include the original Firefly prototype, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan, and the new Jaguar I-PACE.
The map also reveals that Google will be hosting a scavenger hunt with an opportunity to win an Android Things developer kit. Lastly, the Design & Accessibility sandbox again notes “the latest evolution of Material Design—including new features, tools, and code.”
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