Fri. Mar 24th, 2023

Nope, still no Coolwalk for you
Google has been working on an Android Auto redesign for years now. The new look first leaked in September 2021 before the company made it official at I/O 2022. The Coolwalk UI entered beta testing in November 2022, with the big G finally announcing a stable release in January this year. As it turned out, though, Google's rollout pace has been languid, with only some lucky users getting access to the new design weeks after the announcement. The company has now released Android Auto 8.7 to the public through the Play Store, but sadly, it does not bring the new Coolkwalk redesign.
9to5Google reports that many users received the Android Auto 8.7 update via the Play Store over the last few days. The new release does not seem to include significant new features or user-facing bug fixes. More importantly, even if the Android Auto 8.7 update shows up on your phone, it won't automatically activate the Coolwalk design.
The Coolwalk UI showed up for an Acura RDX owner over the Lunar New Year weekend despite his phone running Android Auto 8.6. This signals that the new UI is not linked to your phone's Android Auto version, with the update components being pushed by Google through a server-side update. Some users on a Reddit thread even report having access to the Coolwalk interface on Android Auto 8.5x. Still, you can manually sideload Android Auto 8.7 from APKMirror on your phone to see if it activates the new UI.
Given that Coolwalk is a major UI revamp of Android Auto, it is understandable why Google is taking so long to roll it out. The company probably wants to ensure the new interface works well across different head units and does not contain any major bugs that could negatively affect the user experience. However, the slow rollout is frustrating users who have been waiting for months to try out the redesign.
Rajesh started following the latest happenings in the world of Android around the release of the Nexus One and Samsung Galaxy S. After flashing custom ROMs and kernels on his beloved Galaxy S, he started writing about Android for a living. He uses the latest flagship Samsung phone as his daily driver, although he’s a Pixel fanboy at heart. And yes, he carries an iPhone as a secondary device. Rajesh has been writing for Android Police since 2021, covering news, how-tos, and features. Based in India, he has previously written for AndroidBeat, Times of India, iPhoneHacks, MySmartPrice, and other tech blogs. He also writes for AP’s sister site MakeUseOf. When not working, you will find him mindlessly scrolling through Twitter, watching a movie, or going on long road trips. You can reach out to him on Twitter or drop a mail at


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