This Google app has received a free upgrade that allows it to work with Android Auto

This Google app has received a free upgrade that allows it to work with Android Auto

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  • Google says ‘Chat is an intelligent and secure communication and collaboration tool, built for teams. From ad-hoc messaging to topic-based workstream collaboration, Chat makes it easy to get work done where the conversation is happening.’ Of course, if the conversation is happening on the road, then Chat needs to be available on Android Auto.

  • Google Chat is a new app for Android Auto, since Google just updated its popular messaging app to include support for the brand’s auto platform. Notifications can now be displayed and spoken out on the car’s infotainment system, according to the app. For those who are unfamiliar with Google Chat, it began as a replacement for Google Hangouts, which Google discontinued and said will be replaced with Google Chat as its primary messaging programme going forward.

Thankfully, after a recent update, Reddit user slinky317 claims that Google Chat now shows up in the Android Auto app list. Basically, Google Chat is now compatible with Android Auto, and whenever a new message is received, the notification shows up on the car’s head unit. The notification can also be read aloud by Google Assistant, which allows you to keep your eyes on the road.

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Looking forward to this new feature? The update is available for manual installation at the moment, and the rollout through Google Play Store is expected soon, although Google is yet to publicly confirm the integration of Android Auto support in Google Chat. Google Chat is available on Android, iPhone, and the web.

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