Google has silently introduced a new feature to Android Auto that allows a user to unlock a phone by swiping on it even while connected or active.
The update was first noticed by Redditors. Google has not come out though with an announcement on Android Auto’s new feature.
Mashable said a Reddit user noted that the swipe-to-unlock feature will timeout after about 15 seconds and believes that it is a precautionary measure that could still be useful for a driver who needs to access his or her phone right away.
Drivers have been frustrated with being locked out of their phones while driving, especially if he or she needs to check a text message or notification
Enhanced Use of an Android Device
Android Auto is a mobile app that Google came up with that allows enhanced use of an Android gadget within a vehicle equipped with a compatible head unit.
Google said on the product’s site “it is a simpler way to use your phone in the car.”
“Whether on your phone screen or on your car display, Android Auto was designed with safety and convenience in mind. 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 was made available in actual cars back in May 2015 and Korean car manufacturer Hyundai is the first company to have Android Auto integrated in its vehicles, beginning with the 2015 Sonata, according to Engadget.
Rollout Has Just Started
Meanwhile, Engadget also said the new Android Auto feature had just rolled out so it may be unavailable to some users.
Engadget said the objective of the new Android Auto feature “seems clear at this point: it’s a balance between attempts to curb distracted driving and the convenience of accessing the phone directly if and when you really need it.”
Google has introduced an update to Android Auto that lets a user swipe to unlock a phone even if it’s active.
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