What's New?

May, 2022

(May 11) Added arm64 and x86_64 CATBox test suite downloads for the releases of Android 11 and Android 12.

(May 11) Added an article to describe the new features and enhancements provided in Android 12L.

April, 2022

(April 1) Added an article to describe AOSP Host Integration Guide. The App Host allows third party car apps to render OEM-styled user interface (UI) components on its behalf.

March, 2022

(March 30) Added an article to describe Device Management for Automotive. Use Device Management to remotely manage a vehicle running Android Automotive OS (AAOS).

(March 4) Added an article to describe Car UI Plugins. Use plugins to create complete implementations of component customizations in car-ui-lib instead of using runtime resource overlays (RROs).

December, 2021

(December 23) Added an article on Spectatio under Testing Tools and Infrastructure.

November, 2021

(November 18) Added a new section, Android Automotive 12 Release Details.

(November 16) Added a new section, Debugging Garage Mode in Power.

(November 15) Added an article to describe Using Vehicle Bound File Encryption in Security.

(November 2) You can now use the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 as Development Platforms.

October, 2021

(October 29) Added an article on Complete Automotive Tests in a Box under Testing Tools and Infrastructure.

(October 18) Added an article on Enabling Fuzzers under Testing Tools and Infrastructure.

(October 18) Learn how to use CarAppFocusManager to set and listen for the current application focus, such as active navigation or a voice command.

(October 4) Added the Network Simulation document under Testing Tools and Infrastructure.

September, 2021

(September 13) Added these articles:

(September 8)

Added these articles to describe trout, a virtualization tool that enables single or multiple instances of the Android Automotive OS (AAOS) to run as a guest virtual machine (VM) alongside other automotive OS's, such as an instrument cluster or an instance of OS running the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on an automotive System-On-Chip (SoC).

  • Overview. Learn about leveraging the open-standards based framework for virtualization called VirtIO.
  • Architecture. The VirtIO spec has been extended to include devices such as virtio-snd, virtio-scmi, and virtio-video.
  • Tools. Learn now to use ADB commands used on the development machine to browse the ADB services and connect to them.
  • Reference Platform. To extend trout, see the material in this article.

August, 2021

(August 11) Learn how to develop a Rotary Controller, a knob and surrounding buttons in the center console of an automobile that is used to control the head unit.

July, 2021

(July 21)

(July 23) Learn about Per-Application Network Selection (PANS) to manage the volume and cost of data usage while simultaneously providing a robust, secure, and connected car experience.

(July 21) Added the following new material:

(July 2) Added these articles:

June, 2021

(June 22) Learn how to configure Automatic Time Detection to receive time suggestions from various sources, select the best option, and then set the system clock in Android to match.

May, 2021

(May 27) Added new content to describe Power Policy. A power policy ensures that hardware and software components (such as display, audio, and voice interaction) are selectively turned on and off as needed.

(May 20) Added new content to describe Preference Subtitles. Learn how to configure preference subtitles.

(May 19) Added Dual Pane Customizations to describe the new dual pane design, which introduces new customization options.

(May 11) Added new content to describe Dialer Debugging and Testing. Learn about the integrated debugging and testing framework in Dialer that enables you to validate Dialer app features without the need for call-ready devices.

April, 2021

(April 21) Added the Emulator USB Passthrough Integration Guide. Learn how to connect two peripherals (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi) to the AAOS emulator.

(April 7) Added Android Virtual Device as a Development Platform to describe how AAOS platform and device makers can use Android Emulator to develop Human Machine Interface (HMI) and apps without relying on hardware.

March, 2021

(March 10) Updated the entire suite of AAOS Audio articles at Automotive Audio. Learn about the changes made to support these automotive-related audio features: