Modern cars have different types of infotainment systems, wherein some sport landscape modes, while others come in portrait orientation. Moreover, the display sizes have increased significantly. Cars with extra-wide infotainment setups usually get the Android Auto projection with cropped sides. Finally, some Hyundai vehicles in the US are getting full-screen support for Android Auto after recent updates.
A 9to5Google report states that a few users on Reddit have confirmed the availability of the update. The Korean manufacturer has silently updated the infotainment firmware of its cars to utilise the entire screen. The publication further adds that after the recent update, a user’s 2021 Hyundai Elantra was able to display the Android Auto on its 10.5-inch widescreen infotainment system. Earlier, it used to occupy only two-thirds of the display, which marred the overall experience.
However, getting it to run fullscreen after the update was not an easy affair. The user had to jump into the developer option and enable the Split Screen mode to get the desired output. Also, AAWireless, his wireless Android Auto adapter, failed to work post the update, which was later solved by enabling the “passthrough” mode.
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In the widescreen mode, Android Auto can display music widgets and Maps on the sides, while other apps will be displayed in the main section. The Navigation is shifted towards the driver’s side.
Hyundai owners can visit the company’s website for more details and instructions to perform the infotainment update. Hyundai’s sister company, Kia, is also expected to bring the fullscreen Android Auto to its cars. A lot of part sharing goes on between these manufacturers, and it is safe to assume that they sport similar infotainment systems. Hence, bringing out the updates shouldn’t be much of an issue for Kia.
Here in India, cars such as the Tata Harrier and Tata Safari come with large widescreen infotainment systems. However, the Android Auto projection isn’t displayed on the entire screen area. The manufacturers will hopefully work with Google to push out updates to their respective cars to elevate the experience.