Android Auto: Many users are still waiting for the new Coolwalk design – not available despite the announcement


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Google had big ads too Android Auto in the luggage, which was announced eight days ago: New features, big steps for Android Automotive and finally the wide availability of the new “Coolwalk” interface. But apparently the product manager hasn’t been told anything about it, because the new design, despite repeated announcements, is waiting a long time and brings back bad memories.


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Sometimes it takes a little longer with Google and in the case of Android Auto, “a little longer” can sometimes result in a wait of a year or more. Due to various reports and my own experience, I asked yesterday how the Android Auto Coolwalk rollout was going among our readers – and the answers were actually not surprising. Only one reader has Coolwalk previously received in combination with a Xiaomi smartphone (of all things!), while +20 more didn’t see any of thisnot even in the beta.

The blog here is of course only a very small filter bubble and does not allow conclusions to be drawn about the global rollout. But in several other forums, communities or comment columns (also internationally) the feedback is similar. So you can say that it is no better in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for the new Coolwalk surface than in the rest of the world. Please continue to report in the comments to this article so that the picture becomes even clearer.

Good things take time, but then you can’t call it quits. The blog post published by Google on January 5, 2023 begins with “The new Android is here!” – including an exclamation mark. You don’t write, “The new Android Auto is coming” or “coming soon”, but clearly say that now there and actually just a smartphone reboot away. But that is clearly not the case.

Why is it taking so long?
It’s really hard to figure out how the Android Auto team works. On the one hand, users have to be patient for many months or even years (hello to the Assistant driving mode), and even Google’s announcements are just empty words. On the other hand, there are always problems with simple functions from the assistant to Bluetooth to the speaker, which could be fixed in advance with simple test series. It doesn’t connect and it seems like two completely different teams are working on the same product with different strategies.

To put that into perspective, the new interface was first discovered in the fall of 2021 as part of the teardown and hasn’t changed significantly since then. It appeared more frequently in early 2022, and in May 2022 it was announced for “this summer”. Later it was called autumn, then only “this year” (2022). On January 5, 2023 it was announced again and again nothing happened.

With all due respect to the Google developers, why is it so rocket science to roll out a new interface. It has been tested internally for at least 13 months, with beta users since fall 2022 at the latest, and with all beta users since December 2022. The latter was at least announced, but there were also quite a few beta users who did not receive the design. No trace of reliability. Of course, it also doesn’t make it easy for us news writers (all over the world), who simply pass on Google’s announcements and then get accused of “clickbait”, because once again it didn’t turn out that way…

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