Android Automotive OS app design guidelines Introduction

Introduction

These guidelines describe how to structure a media app so it meets design requirements and works across all vehicles that support Android Automotive OS.

Find out what’s new on the site, or scroll down to get started with Car UI design, media apps, or notifications.

Note:
These guidelines do not describe how to prepare an app for use with the Android Auto app. For those details, consult Android Auto.

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Use these resources to help you design vehicle-optimized UIs:

Media quick start Expand and collapse content An arrow that points down when collapsed and points up when expanded.

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Here are some starting points for preparing your app to work with the media template:

  • How media apps work: How media apps work with the media template
  • Who does what: The roles of car makers and app developers in implementing media apps in cars
  • Design tasks: Six main tasks for structuring your media app
  • Checklist: Check that you’ve provided all the necessary design elements

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Here are some starting points for understanding the notification experience: