The recently implemented Android Auto Coolwalk user interface is now widely available on more cars. The Coolwalk UI or the Split-screen layout is neater and more organized. The large card in the new split-screen UI is navigation, and other cards, such as media control, appear on the other side. Now it is possible to change the Split screen layout in Android Auto.

As per your car’s driver seat location settings, the navigation card will appear left or right side of the split-screen layout of Android Auto. The media control will appear on the other side. This behavior has changed with the latest Android Auto 9.1 update. Now you can set navigation or media control closer to the driver side.


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How to Change Split Screen Layout in Android Auto?

1. Update your Android Auto app to the latest version. (the option to change the split-screen layout is currently available in Android Auto 9.1 Beta)

2. Connect your Android phone to your car to open Android Auto.

3. Next, open the Settings and go to Change Layout option.

4. Select Media Closer to Driver or Navigation Closer to Driver option.

Change split-screen layout in Android Auto

You can also change split-screen layout on your Android phone.

1. After installing the update, open the Android Auto app on your phone.

2. In Android settings, scroll down and tap on the Change Layout option.

3. Choose the Media Closer to Driver or Navigation Closer to Driver option, as per your choice.

Change split screen layout in Android Auto app

What are the new Features in Android Auto Split Screen Layout?

One of the main features of the Split screen layout in Android Auto is its ability to access other apps, such as the media player, or interact with the Google Assistant without hiding the Google Maps navigation window.

Another feature is adaptive UI, so the new split screen layout supports all screen sizes of in-car displays.

Support for third-party apps, such as Waze, WhatsApp, Google Messages, etc., is another feature of the latest Android Auto version.

And Google removed dependency for rotary and touchpad from the system, which helps users unlock several features on most car head units.

Interested users can download the latest stable version of Android Auto from Google Play Store (link) and register for the latest beta version here.

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