Google detailed a couple of new features making their way to Android devices in a blog post late last month. It included features like password verification, message scheduling, a dark theme for Google Maps, and more. The post also highlighted a couple of new Android Auto features, such as custom wallpapers, voice-activated games, home screen shortcuts, and a new split-screen mode for cars with larger screens. While some of these features are already available to various Android Auto users, the company has now started rolling out the new split-screen support in cars with widescreen head units.
According to a recent post by Reddit user u / My_Name_Is_Taken, the new split screen layout has started to appear for some Android Auto users. As you can see from the attached screenshot, the new layout shows two applications at the same time, with the main application occupying a larger portion of the screen on the left and the secondary application occupying a comparatively smaller portion on the right. In this particular case, the Spotify application can be seen on the left while Google Maps is on the right.
A comment from Reddit user u / heresyfnord confirms that split screen mode also allows users to reposition apps. Simply put, your current main application will always appear on the left and the second application on the right. So all you need to do is switch to a different app and it will appear on the left, and the old app will automatically move to the right side.
While split screen mode is only available on wide head units by default, there is a workaround to achieve it on smaller head units. As user u / kv1dr points out, you can use an app like HeadUnit Reloaded to tweak the resolution of your Android Auto head unit, and the new split-screen layout should start working as intended. In case you don’t have a widescreen head unit, you can download HeadUnit Reloaded by following this link.