Google is currently rolling out support for rapid replies to texts via Android Auto, months after the capability was first announced.
Google released a few new features for Android at the end of the previous year, including quick answers for Android Auto, which had only been promised to arrive soon. Android has long featured fast replies, which aim to provide contextually relevant responses to your notifications. Until now, the only method to reply to messages while using Android Auto was to dictate them with your voice.
Android Autos support for quick replies has finally started to spread out, at least to those using the most recent beta version of the app version, as shown in one of our own vehicles (7.6.1215). Android Auto now provides at least one suggested reply when you receive an incoming message and ask the Google Assistant to read it aloud. These responses can be anywhere from three words to a single emoji in length. The reply is sent through your favourite messaging app with only one press.
Instead of waiting for Google Assistant to finish reading the entire message before asking you if you want to reply, there is also a Custom Reply option above the suggestions. This is useful if you don’t want to hear the complete message again yet aren’t ready to respond right away. Currently, there is no option to type a message on the infotainment center screen even when the vehicle is parked.
Overall, this is an excellent addition to Android Auto because it gives users the chance to interact with the system a little less quickly and easily by tapping a big button rather than dictating a response. Hopefully, it won’t be long before Google makes quick answers available to all Android Auto-compatible phones.
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