Android Auto Apps Powered by Jetpack

Posted by Eric Bahna, Product Supervisor

In January, we enabled the Google Play Store to accept open testing submissions of navigation, parking, and charging apps. It’s nice to see lots of you growing Android Auto apps and sending us suggestions via the problem tracker. Thanks for serving to us enhance the platform so we ship higher in-car experiences collectively! Drivers have been sending constructive suggestions, too, as new apps launch to open testing, like Chargemap.

Chargemap in Android Auto

At the moment, we’ve reached the subsequent milestone: the Android for Automobiles App Library is accessible in Jetpack as androidx.car.app 1.0.0-beta01! The transfer to Jetpack makes the library open supply, provides you extra visibility into our characteristic improvement, and supplies API consistency with different Jetpack libraries. We’ve up to date the developer guide and design guidelines to cowl androidx.automobile.app. Take a look at your app with Android Auto 6.1, or later, then you may publish your app to open testing within the Google Play Retailer. androidx.automobile.app contains all performance of the closed supply library (com.google.android.libraries.automobile), after which some! For instance, we added a brand new GridTemplate, which is beneficial when customers rely totally on photographs to make their choices.

Examples of the brand new GridTemplate in androidx.automobile.app

On September 1, 2021, the closed supply Android for Automobiles App Library (com.google.android.libraries.automobile.app) will not be accessible and the Google Play Retailer won’t settle for submissions that use com.google.android.libraries.automobile.app. Our improvement focus from now, together with new options, is on androidx.automobile.app. We encourage you emigrate now and we’ve created a migration guide that makes it simple. Migration normally takes lower than a day, in our expertise with early entry companions.

We’re working laborious to stabilize androidx.automobile.app and put together the Google Play Retailer for manufacturing submissions. Manufacturing submissions would require androidx.automobile.app and you may get your app prepared by utilizing it in open testing as we speak.

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