Change Log

Change Log

Version 2.3.0 (December 15, 2020)

  • Removal of background location permission as per Google Play Policy

Version 2.2.4 (July 03, 2019)

  • Bug fix speed limit not updating

Version 2.2.3 (May 25, 2019)

  • Bug fixes for OpenWeatherMap

Version 2.2.2 (April 30, 2019)

  • Bug fixes with settings screen, Yahoo weather, and map search

Version 2.2.1 (February 24, 2019)

  • Bug fixes with crash in settings screen

Version 2.2.0 (February 19, 2019)

  • Removal of SMS and Call Log permissions as per Google Play Policy
  • Google Assistant support
  • Provide new links for FAQ, Community and Change logs
  • Bug fixes and improvements with traffic cameras
  • Bug fix with bottom navigation positioning when full screen is enabled
  • Bug fix with Yahoo weather not working

Version 2.1.6 (October 21, 2018)

  • Bug fixes

Version 2.1.5 (October 15, 2018)

  • Bug fixes

Version 2.1.4 (September 14, 2018)

  • Bug fix for intermittent crashes on certain devices

Version 2.1.3 (September 8, 2018)

  • Bug fix with Firebase causing crash on startup

Version 2.1.2 (August 31, 2018)

  • Bug fix with theme and layout screen, bottom navigation position setting

Version 2.1.1 (August 30, 2018)

  • Bug fix with crash on startup on certain devices

Version 2.1.0 (August 27, 2018)

  • Option to move bottom navigation to left or right
  • Brought back premium package to unlock all features
  • Switched from Google Maps to AutoMate maps for the embedded map for all supported navigation apps
  • Bug fixes

Version 2.0.5 (June 13, 2018)

  • AutoMate Maps navigation now supports multiple languages (settings > voice > text-to-speech language)
  • AutoMate Maps navigation now shows multiple routes
  • Added ability to delete settings created by AutoMate in Google Drive
  • Bug fixes

Version 2.0.4 (May 30, 2018)

  • Option to select bottom navigation color (Settings > Theme and layout > Bottom Navigation Color)
  • Ability to long-press bottom navigation buttons to launch corresponding app:
    • Maps button: launch selected navigation app
    • Phone button: launch stock contacts app
    • Music button: launch current media player
    • Shortcuts button: launch first app in shortcuts list
  • Added support for Hudway Go navigation
  • Bug fixes

Version 2.0.3 (March 11, 2018)

  • Added exit and mute buttons to active navigation in map screen
  • Bug fixes

Version 2.0.2 (February 7, 2018)

  • Bug fixes

Version (January 12, 2018)

  • Fixed a startup crash on Android 4.3 and lower
  • Fixed quick toggle menu not showing media info in landscape

Version 2.0.1 (January 7, 2018)

  • AutoMate navigation now shows a notification
  • Android 8.0+ shows a notification when background process are running
  • Quick toggles now show current media information
  • Easier to attach bug reports in Help & Feedback
  • Bug fixes

Version 2.0 RC6 (November 25, 2017)

  • Change volume with speed - added ability to select volume range
  • Android 5.0+, added legacy media control support for apps not compatible with newer media playback APIs
  • Bug fixes

Version 2.0 RC5 (November 12, 2017)

  • Default number for contact now comes from system default
  • Brought back option to show/hide direction of travel
  • Bug fixes

Version 2.0 RC4 (October 17, 2017)

  • Reverted to old billing system to fix premium license restore issue
  • Bug fix for AutoMate running in the background while not running
  • Other minor bug fixes

Version 2.0 RC3 (October 14, 2017)

  • Option to show/hide current screen title in the bottom navigation bar (now hidden by default)
  • Bigger bottom navigation bar on tablets
  • Reduced padding in home screen in landscape mode so more cards are visible
  • Bug fix for map lagging behind user location, and a few other GPS related issues
  • Bug fix for slower map search

Version 2.0 RC2 (October 12, 2017)

  • Bug fix for premium features not restoring
  • Bug fix for startup crashes
  • Other minor bug fixes related to upgrading from 1.x to 2.x

Version 2.0 RC1 (October 11, 2017)

  • Redesigned maps screen. Maps now shows speedometer, road name, speed limit and heading
  • Redesigned map search. Faster search results, easier to view results on the map
  • Ability to add unlimited saved places
  • New built-in map provider available. Selected by changing the default navigation app to AutoMate
  • Built-in navigation now available with AutoMate maps (navigation is currently in beta)
  • Redesigned home screen, speed and road info are always on top of the home screen
  • Updated music screen, added 30 second skip buttons for podcasts
  • Updated phone screen to a cleaner design
  • Updated shortcuts screen, removed quick toggles
  • Redesigned bottom navigation. Ability to hide any unused screens (settings > theme and layout)
  • Reorganized settings screen into different groupings
  • Dark theme now applies to settings, as well as better 10" tablet support
  • Added theme support. Along with default day and night themes, a new black theme and transparent theme is available
  • Quick toggles now accessible by tapping the top action bar on any screen
  • Refreshed app drawer design
  • Swipe from left or right edge to navigate between screens
  • Dashboard screen now shows altitude
  • Changed pricing from a single unlocking fee to feature based unlocking fees, purchase only the premium features you use
  • Redesigned premium upgrade screen to highlight the different features
  • Android Oreo support, adaptive icon
  • General performance improvements and memory efficiency

Version (August 23, 2017)

  • Bug fix for map camera not moving

Version 1.6.3 (August 21, 2017)

  • Caching contacts and weather for faster loading
  • New default navigation app support: Navmii
  • Added attributions for Google and PathSense
  • Bug fixes

Version 1.6.2 (April 3rd, 2017)

  • Snap map location to road (experimental)
  • Pinch to zoom on music screen to stretch, fit or hide album art
  • Option to change speed limit warning frequency
  • New default navigation app support: Coyote
  • Bug fixes

Version (Mar 23, 2017)

  • Bug fixes

Version 1.6.1 (Mar 12, 2017)

  • Yahoo! Weather now an option for weather provider
  • Ability to select text-to-speech language
  • Dedicated edit button on shortcuts screen
  • Added rate shortcut
  • Bug fixes

Version 1.6 (Feb 12, 2017)

  • Added terms and conditions & privacy policy due to new Play Store requirements. Please read and agree to it before continuing to use the app.
  • Integration with Join, for message notification mirroring on tablets
  • Option to pause music instead of ducking it during audio notifications
  • Improved help and feedback section
  • Updated on-boarding, tutorial, and premium screens
  • Intent broadcast when AutoMate is launched (more info in FAQ)
  • Bug fixes

Version (Jan 6, 2017)

  • Bug fix for slow responsiveness on certain devices

Version (Jan 4, 2017)

  • Bug fix for force close when album art is missing

Version 1.5.1 (Jan 3, 2017)

  • New messaging apps support! Allo, BBM, KakaoTalk, and Slack
  • Maps support for NaviExpert and Magic Earth
  • Add web shortcuts to shortcuts screen (Apps > AutoMate Shortcut > Web Shortcut)
  • Removed option to "Read messages during call", added option to "Silence audio during calls"
  • Option to show battery percentage (Settings > Screen and Display > Enabled actionbar icons)
  • Bug fixes

Version (Dec 19, 2016)

  • Re-enabled swipe up/down on music screen to change volume
  • Bug fixes

Version 1.5.0 (Dec 11th, 2016)

  • New voice input interface
  • Ability to edit spoken messages before sending
  • Added help menu to voice input screen to show available voice commands
  • Long press and drag up/down to change volume, left/right to scrub through track on music screen
  • Pinch-to-zoom gesture to scale album art on music screen
  • Option to launch media player when song name is tapped
  • Option to change volume based on speed (Experimental)
  • Optimization to speed limit refresh algorithm to use less data
  • Smoother transitions between screens
  • Bug fixes

Version 1.4.0 (October 16th, 2016)

  • Dark mode in Maps page
  • AutoMate's voice alerts now ducks media instead of pausing and resuming it
  • Messages will not read out loud by default during a call, can be changed in settings
  • Added Shortcut to launch default navigation app in maps menu
  • Bug fixes

Version (September 11th, 2016)

  • Bug fix for force close for incoming SMS messages

Version 1.3.2 (September 7th, 2016)

  • Keep screen on option now works when app is in the background (needs permission to draw over other apps)
  • Updated traffic and speed camera database
  • Memory optimizations
  • Bug fixes

Version (July 21th, 2016)

  • Updated to newer HERE maps speed limit API for more accurate results
  • Minor color palette tweaks and matching status bar color
  • Bug fixes

Version 1.3.1 (July 11th, 2016)

  • Launch on charger connect option split up into AC, USB, and Wireless charging
  • Speed limit data now also pulls from OpenStreetMap
  • Single tap on artist/song name now opens media player
  • Audio alerts (new messages, speeding, etc) can now be heard when AutoMate is in the background
  • View change log in settings > support
  • Bug fixes

Version (June 30th, 2016)

  • Bug fixes

Version 1.3.0 (June 28th, 2016)

  • [Premium] New grid layout options (settings > screen and display > theme options)
  • [Premium] Option to start any app on launch, and return after a few seconds
  • [Premium] Option to start and stop car mode on launch and exit
  • Minor design tweaks to notification layout
  • Default navigation support for Yanosik and MapFactor
  • Refined transition animations
  • Removed dark background tint due to popular demand
  • Bug fixes

Version 1.2.1 (June 7th, 2016)

  • Fixed broken media controls in Android N
  • Option to select home screen when launcher enabled
  • Option to turn on wifi when app starts, and off when app exits
  • Many bug fixes

Version (May 21st, 2016)

  • Bug fixes

Version 1.2.0 (May 19th, 2016)

  • Performance improvements and memory optimizations
  • Hands free messaging support for Skype and Threema
  • Tapping notification icon on home page launches relevant application
  • Search for contact addresses in maps search screen
  • Less obtrusive permission requests, especially on first run
  • Option to disable swiping up from bottom nav for voice input
  • Bug fixes

Version (April 19th, 2016)

  • Changed battery icon
  • Bug fixes

Version (April 10th, 2016)

  • Swipe up on bottom navigation for voice input
  • Bug fixes

Version (April 3rd, 2016)

  • Bug fixes

Version 1.1.0 (April 2nd, 2016)

  • New Dashboard screen with Vinli and Torque integration
  • Backup/Restore settings to/from Google Drive
  • Switched weather provider from Yahoo to OpenWeatherMap
  • Updated design of the left side menu
  • Bug fixes

Version (February 29th, 2016)

  • Bug fixes

Version (February 15th, 2016)

  • Split up redlight and speed camera audible warnings into separate settings
  • Bug fixes

Version (February 11th, 2016)

  • Fixed issue some folks were experiencing with maps page causing a force close introduced in 1.0.3

Version 1.0.3 (February 7th, 2016)

  • Tweaks to how speed limits work
  • Smarter audio warnings for speed limits and traffic cams
  • Option to set volume level of voice (Settings > Voice and Audio > Voice volume level)
  • Many bug fixes

Version 1.0.2 (January 31st, 2016)

  • Brand new app drawer, with new "AutoMate Shortcuts" section
  • Long press home button to launch app drawer
  • Added SMS button beside contacts for faster SMS composition
  • Material design UI tweaks across entire app
  • Tweaks to speed limits for more accurate results
  • Scout GPS and MAPS.ME navigation support
  • Option to launch/exit on wifi connect/disconnect
  • Bug fixes

Version 1.0.1 (January 9th, 2016)

  • Added a floating widget to bring you back to AutoMate when app is in background (settings > screen and display > Enable floating widget)
  • OsmAnd and Route 66 maps support
  • Increased size of bottom navigation icons
  • Setting home and work address now has places autocomplete
  • Option to select individual messaging apps to read messages out loud from
  • Option to launch/exit on headphone connect/disconnect
  • Option to hide calendar notification if no upcoming events
  • Option to launch AutoMate's home screen when launcher is set and home button is pressed
  • Option to show settings menu when screen icon is double clicked
  • Rolled back settings switches to check boxes due to some settings not saving properly
  • Bug fixes

Version 1.0.0 (December 28th, 2015)

  • Version 1.0! Thanks to all our supporters and beta testers for getting us this far
  • Option to stop music on charger disconnect
  • Auto reply will now wait minimum 10 minutes before replying to the same person again
  • Minor settings layout changes
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.6.1 RC2 (December 23, 2015)

  • Added option to lock and turn off screen on exit
  • Performance optimizations and minor layout changes for phone screen
  • Entrance animations for notifications on home screen
  • Long pressing shortcut toggles will launch respective Android settings screen
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.6.0 RC1 (December 15, 2015)

  • [Premium] Speed limit and traffic camera warnings!
  • Added an overview tutorial for first time users
  • Added Wifi, network icons, more customization options for actionbar
  • Updated images for welcome screen and premium screen
  • Expanded immersive mode to all screens
  • Option to hide calendar notifications without a location
  • Added a donate button in Settings > Support
  • Added default apps to shortcuts screen
  • Fixed Google Photos bug not saving wallpaper, saved wallpapers will be lost initially after update (sorry!)
  • Other bug fixes

Version 0.5.4 (November 22, 2015)

  • Yandex.Navigator support
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.5.4 (November 15, 2015)

  • Updated for Android M permission model
  • Navigon navigation support
  • Updated "Forced landscape" option to allow forced locking for any orientaiton
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.5.3 (October 25, 2015)

  • [Premium] Hands free gestures! (Settings > Screen and Display > Gesture options).
  • Automatically reply to messages with a custom message
  • Enable speakerphone during calls (new permissions required for this)
  • Better music scrubbing support, long press and drag on album art to scrub
  • Option to hide all day calendar events
  • Option for different daytime/nighttime brightness
  • Moved music button show/hide toggle to a setting
  • Brought back pinned notifications due to popular demand
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.5.2 (October 5, 2015)

  • Drag and drop notifications to sort, no more pinned notifications
  • Undo dismissed notifications
  • Swipe to delete shortcuts
  • Speed limit shown on home screen if enabled
  • Rearrangement of startup/exit conditions, added ability to combine startup conditions
  • Tap the music screen once to toggle the music menu
  • Updated FAQ page (Settings > Support > FAQ)
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.5.1 (September 20, 2015)

  • CoPilot navigation support
  • Choose which calendars to display notifications from
  • Option to disable current street name, as this uses data
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.5.0 (September 13, 2015)

  • Calendar events integration
  • See current street name, and distance and time for each trip
  • Full and partial translations available for 16 languages
  • Swipe bottom bar to slide screens left or right
  • Battery icon moved to top bar
  • Maps screen remembers zoom level
  • Music screen UI tweaks
  • Bug fixes, including auto theme not working for devices using non-English locale

Version 0.4.3 (August 17, 2015)

  • TomTom Go support for navigation
  • Long press point on map to be able to navigate to it
  • Better map drag support, touch map to recenter
  • Change map camera mode in maps menu
  • Option for rounded notification icons (Settings > Screen and Display > Round notification icons)
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.4.2 (August 5, 2015)

  • Fix for Hangouts not reading some messages
  • Other minor bug fixes

Version 0.4.1 (July 26, 2015)

  • Hands free message replies for Hangouts, Whatsapp, Viber, Telegram, Line and Facebook Messenger. (Note: Requires Android 4.4+. Hangouts replies requires the Android Wear app to be installed).
  • Now you can pick which messages are read out loud
  • Resume last screen on start
  • Launch AutoMate screens via intents (See FAQ for more info)
  • [Premium] Lock orientation on start

Version 0.4.0 (June 28, 2015)

  • Brought down the compatibility to Android 4.1
  • Improved voice input UI
  • Force landscape rotation, good for forcing dialer and launcher to landscape orientation
  • Long press mic to toggle between AutoMate and Google voice input
  • Auto launch music player on start if not already running
  • [Premium] Launch/Exit on charger connect/disconnect

Version 0.3.3 (June 16, 2015)

  • Fixed random force close issue introduced by v0.3.2
  • Fixed rotation lock on shortcut screen to lock to current orientation
  • Bigger font in music screen for tablets

Version 0.3.2 (June 15, 2015)

  • Bigger fonts and buttons for tablets
  • Allow manual entry of sunset/sunrise times
  • Separate settings screen for startup and exit options
  • Option to resume media playback on startup
  • Option to set speed limit warning threshold as percentage
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.3.1 (May 29, 2015)

  • Add Android shortcuts to shortcuts screen
  • Long-press an app in the app list to add to shortcuts screen
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.3.0 (May 19, 2015)

  • Sygic navigation support
  • Bigger my location icon in maps
  • Set default media player (Settings > Voice and audio > Choose default media player)
  • Rearrange media players in music menu (drag and drop)
  • Automatically come back to app after selecting media (Settings > Voice and Audio > Return after media selection)
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.2.4 (May 10, 2015)

  • Experimental feature: Speed limits (Settings > General > Enable speed limits)
  • Audio warning when speed exceeds limit by specified amount
  • Drag and drop support for rearranging shortcuts
  • Disable GPS on certain screens to save battery (Settings > Maps > GPS options)
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.2.3 (May 3, 2015)

  • Turn-by-turn directions appear on maps screen (Google and HERE maps only)
  • Option to return to AutoMate after navigation has started (Google Maps only)
  • Directional arrows for Google Maps navigation
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.2.2 (April 27, 2015)

  • Option to show/hide status bar
  • Option to stop music on exit
  • Option to keep screen on only while plugged in
  • [Premium] Car mode can now capture Home button
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.2.1 (April 22, 2015)

  • Added a delay before bluethooth disconnect closes AutoMate
  • Map option to always bear North in Static and Follow modes
  • Map option to disable GPS prompt
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.2.0 (April 21, 2015)

  • Start/Stop AutoMate on Bluetooth connect/disconnect
  • Set custom title for home screen
  • In music screen, swiping up and down increases/decreases volume
  • Option to use Google voice search instead of AutoMate voice search
  • Shortcuts screen now has "All Applications" and "Exit" buttons, removed "Add Shortcut" button
  • Bigger font, other minor design tweaks
  • Updated FAQ in the app
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.1.5 (April 15, 2015)

  • Introducing map modes: Static, Follow, and Dynamic
  • GPS based directional heading shown below speedometer
  • Start navigation in Here Maps and Waze
  • Turn-by-Turn notifications for Here Maps
  • Settings link on every page
  • Option to place calls automatically or copy phone number into dialer
  • [Premium] Startup options for wifi and bluetooth
  • Battery optimizations
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.1.4 (April 11, 2015)

  • Swipe to dismiss notifications on home screen
  • Disable specific notifications permanently
  • Launch AutoMate when phone is put in car mode
  • Support for additional music players
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.1.3 (April 7, 2015)

  • Double tap album art to play/pause media
  • Searching for a place by voice doesn't automatically select first result
  • Fixed background app crashes when a SMS is received
  • Performance optimizations
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.1.2 (April 6, 2015)

  • Fixed not being able to close persisting notification
  • Dial button now brings brings up numeric dialer
  • Pressing bottom screen buttons while that screen is active opens the drawer for that screen
  • Pin time card to top, even when speedometer is not enabled
  • Bug fixes

Version 0.1.1 (April 5, 2015)

  • Fixed some common force close issues on start up
  • Other bug fixes

Version 0.1.0 (April 4, 2015)

  • Initial play store upload for the beta

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