Android Auto’s dashboard view should show multiple apps | Phones

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The latest redesign of Android Auto brings a useful new “dashboard” view that can show multiple pieces of information at once, but I wish it was better at supporting multiple apps at once.

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The “dashboard” view of Android Auto, also known as “Coolwalk,” debuted in 2023 with a focus on showing more information at once. While having Google Maps up, you could also see media controls, weather details, and more. The layout varies wildly depending on your car’s screen size, aspect ratio, and resolution (tip: you can adjust those options). But, for the most part, you can only see one full app at any given time.

Technically, you can have multiple apps running at once on Android Auto. On big and wide screens, two apps can be shown side-by-side and switch places. As pictured below, the “Weather & Radar” app can appear alongside Google Maps when navigation is running, as enabled by an update to the app this week. (MyRadar, another Android Auto weather app, supports similar functionality)

The weather app in this scenario gets most of the screen, while Maps shows up smaller along the side.

That is super useful!

But, alas, that’s just not available to most cars. That’s because Android Auto prioritizes showing two things. Your mapping app and your media controls. Depending on the size and layout of your display, you might also see a weather tile or one for Google Maps locations, and something…

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