Google released the first beta version of Android Auto 10 a few days ago, but the company couldn’t find any notable bugs in the test versions. That’s why Android Auto 10 has just been upgraded to the stable channel and is now available for all users to download. 15 photos
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Android Auto 10 will be rolled out through the Google Play Store, as is usually the case with all new app releases.
However, due to the gradual rollout model, some users will have to wait longer than others to receive the new update. The strategy allows Google to offer more stability and reliability as it can monitor feedback and potentially prevent the update from landing on certain devices if it sees an increased likelihood of bugs.
If you don’t want to wait for Google Android Auto 10 to roll out to your device via the Google Play Store, you can download the new update now using the standalone APK installer. The method involves a manual app update. So you need to download the installer on your device, start the update and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
The new Android Auto 10 build (version 10.0.6328) is available on this page. Save the file on your smartphone, navigate to its location and tap on the installer.
Depending on the configuration of your Android device, the update may require new permissions. Android is not configured to allow app installation from third-party sources. So if you see a prompt during the update process, you need to grant the necessary access to complete the installation.
Android Auto 10 does not bring any significant changes, although the version number suggests otherwise. It’s a minor release that’s mostly focused on under-the-hood tweaks and fixes.
The only notable improvement noticed since this build landed in the beta channel is a new Google Assistant animation that appears on screen when the wake phrase is used. It’s still unclear if the change is due to Android Auto 10 or a recent Google app update – the Google app supports the Assistant experience on both Android and Android Auto.
Google hasn’t released a changelog for Android Auto 10 because the company still lists old information with every new update.
Meanwhile, the Android Auto app ecosystem continues to grow as more developers join the platform, especially in the smart home world. Google unlocked smart home apps for Android Auto earlier this year. Now developers are bringing their apps into cars to provide easy access to smart garage doors, home security systems and interior lighting. The latest big name to join Android Auto is Alarm.com. The company’s latest app update adds support for the auto-optimized experience and essential feature set, like routines and one-tap access to smart home devices and alarm systems.