Google recently introduced the Android 14 beta for non-Pixel devices with a bunch of new features, improvements, and enhancements. Meanwhile, the company is also enhancing Google Android Auto by adding new features that help driver safety and easily navigate cars, stay connected, and keep entertained.
The search giant officially announced the new updates for the Android Auto app that makes your driving smoother. You can check the new features below.
Access several apps and join meetings with Android Auto
The redesigned Android Auto brings the best of your phone’s features to your car. Through new updates, you can access thousands of media, messaging, navigation, parking, and charging apps right from your car display.
The company is working with partners to bring Microsoft Teams, Webex by Cisco, and Zoom to the car. Through these partnerships, you can easily join scheduled meetings by audio from your display without taking your eyes off the road.
Stay connected and entertained with Google built-in
Google built-in cars continue to grow, set to nearly double by the end of this year, so the company is constantly improving the experience and offering apps that address two big driver needs which are entertainment and communication. YouTube is now available for car makers to offer in cars with Google built-in.
Along with Android Auto, the company is now bringing GameSnacks to cars with Google built-in. Furthermore, Google Assistant will provide smart suggestions so you can quickly reply to messages, share your arrival time, and more with just some taps.
Navigate and find EV stations with Waze
The company is now bringing Waze to Google’s built-in cars via the Google Play Store, which is already available on Android Auto. You can access your favorite Waze features, such as real-time reports on traffic and road closures, right on your car’s display.
In addition, Google is rolling out more EV capabilities with Google built-in through Android Auto and Waze for Cars. You can now see available EV charging stations that fit your EV plug type near you or along your route.
Some Samsung phones are not getting timely Google Play System Update
Earlier, it was noticed that Samsung’s top-line Galaxy smartphones were stuck on older Google Play System Update versions. Google sent out new updates to those Galaxy devices following several reports by users and media publications.
Well, the situation is the same on certain Galaxy models, mostly in Europe. GalaxyClub reports that their Galaxy S23, Z Fold 5, Galaxy A33, and other devices are lagging behind in Play System Update. In particular, various handsets are stuck on July 2023 Play System version, which is over five months old now.
The Galaxy S20 series makes it even more colorful, which currently does not progress beyond the May 1 update. Sometimes a manual check is followed by the message “Your device is up to date” or “Updates are temporarily unavailable.”
On the other hand, the Galaxy A52 got November 2023’s Play System update, while the Galaxy A53 September’s. You can check when your Galaxy received the last Google Play System Update via Settings -> Security & privacy -> Updates -> Google Play System Update.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE launches in South Korea
Samsung officially launched the Galaxy S23 FE in South Korea. Releasing tomorrow, this smartphone combines premium performance, an unrivaled camera, and a stylish design. The price starts at 847,000 won, it will be available in four colors including Mint, Graphite, Purple, and Cream.
In addition, Samsung.com and the Gangnam Experience Store will sell two exclusive color options – Indigo and Tangerine. The company also started “Galaxy perFEct Program for customers of the Galaxy S23 FE.
Customers who purchase the Galaxy S23 FE through this program can receive compensation for 50% of the factory price if they return the used product after 24 months.
Samsung will give away either the Galaxy Smart Tag 2 or a 25W PD charger (power-saving type) to customers who activate the Galaxy S23 FE by December 22. Customers who purchase can select the gift they want through the Samsung.com app.
Galaxy S23 FE has an iconic design that succeeds the S23 series. A floating camera and a small-sized camera hole were used, and durability was enhanced with an aluminum frame. With an IP68 waterproof and dustproof rating, you can use it with confidence without worrying about dust or moisture.
Battery of Dream: Samsung’s solid-state battery won’t come to phones until 2027
Samsung is developing solid-state battery technology to replace the current electrolyte battery. Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy devices are unlikely to get a solid-state battery (AKA battery of dream) unit 2027.
According to a new report, Samsung SDI formed a new team to promote commercialization of solid-state battery (ASB). The team will be led by Go Joo-young, head of the marketing team of the large-scale battery business unit.
Through the new organization, the South Korean tech giant plans to accelerate project speed with customers and expedite the commercialization of ASB. Samsung SDI aims to commercialize ASB by 2027.
Samsung SDI is focusing on the development of all-solid-state batteries with an energy density of over 900 Wh/L by adopting sulfide-based technology, which can achieve the fastest lithium-ion flow (ion conductivity) per unit volume.
The ASB is a next-generation battery, which transfers ions between the positive and negative electrodes, from liquid to solid, improving safety and performance. It has advantages such as higher energy density than conventional lithium-ion batteries and lower risk of fire or explosion.