After a lengthy wait, Google has finally launched a public beta of its new Android Auto redesign, dubbed "Coolwalk." The updated UI aims to make it easier to multitask while keeping the most important cards within your reach. The update is currently part of a beta program you have to sign up for, although the program is often full, making it difficult to enroll.
We're curious to know how many of you have been able to enroll and who has received the new Coolwalk UI.
The Coolwalk update was supposed to arrive over the summer, but it took more time to make it better. There are some differences between what we have now and what we had first.
There is still a dynamic split screen that adjusts to different screen sizes. The Maps card has been moved closer to the driver for better reachability. There is a full-screen mode on the map in case you don't want to be distracted.
There will be an app dock at the bottom of the screen for quick access to certain apps. Along the dock, the notifications have been reduced. The new media card will allow users to view more options, such as recommendations from the Google Assistant, and will show music and podcasts from apps. Depending on your needs, the media card can be larger or smaller.
Let us know what you think of the redesign if you have received the new CoolwalkUI, sound of it in the comments or on our socials. See if the wait was worth it.
You can always check back in the testing program to see if there are any openings if you haven't had a chance to enroll. If you'd like to learn more about wirelessAndroid Auto, you can check out our review.