Well, so much for a roaring AA endorsement from the Forum crowd. For me, after a week or so, certainly not an expert and a far cry from an enthusiast. A few observations:-
Here’s how it works (I think)
…. for visual reference, think of the native ICTP home screen as three macro-tiles, one each for the Nav, Media & Phone modules.
Once AA is installed and connected (which shuts out IC Apps – you can’t have both at the same time), an AA icon appears on the phone macro-tile (as well as the main horizontal menu ribbon) and AA totally usurps the ICTP Phone module. Touch this tile and it takes you to the AA window which uses only about 60% of the screen. In contrast, both NAV and Media are unaffected and do co-exist with AA … i.e. touching the Nav or Media macro-tile lets you still use the ICTP nav & media modules unchanged, even when AA is activated.
The AA screen and functions
As shown on the video from
, the reduced AA screen then offers icons for nav, media, phone, and return to ICTP, as well as a mic for voice commands. Voice commands can also be invoked with a long press of the steering wheel button. Basically, the Google functionality of your Android phone is now available from this screen.
Experience and IMO’s so far
By using the total screen, windows in the native ICTP are far superior to AA for all modules. The difference is further magnified when contrasted with the simplistic image rendering, graphics and overall UI presented by AA.
capability makes for easy music streaming. ICTP now also has on-line media as well as Spotify etc. I’ve not found a way for AA to access the HDD Media Library and (I’m being repetitive) the music graphics (album art etc.) and UI of the ICTP module are clearly superior. The AA media module does not show non phone-sourced media details even when those sources are playing, nor let you easily change radio stations etc.
module in AA allows free-form-speech text messages and replies, whereas ICTP can only initiate/reply with pre-defined (supplied and personalized) responses. After a year or so, I’ve found ICTP texting to be more than adequate, but clearly free-form might be better (have not been able to get that to work yet). One other plus for AA here, is the display of contacts. ICTP has trouble handling contacts without a <name> field, i.e. only <organization> filled in, as you might have for many businesses. AA includes <organization> in its alphabetic listing whereas ICTP shows all such entries (with blank name fields) numerically by phone # at the beginning of the contacts list with only the phone numbers showing (pretty poor). AA does not allow scrolling through your contacts while moving; a safety feature to be sure although my passengers have benefitted from being able to look up a contact in ICTP while “on-the-way”.
Have already commented in the earlier post on Navigation
differences/preferences being largely personal. As
states, source data for traffic etc. is common to many. Given the screen and visual compromises of AA for this function, the ICTP UI, maps, sub-menus, waypoints etc. are way superior IMO. Even the voice commands are hard to fault; you can’t get simpler than saying “125 Main St. Mytown” and get a near instant response.
Needless to say, OK Google
provides great features and really shows up the feeble IC Apps available presently. Sort of sums up my current overall opinion. If this one function could be separately merged with the native ICTP Nav, Media & Phone modules it would be a winning combination. Whether getting to it by having to go through the current AA framework is worthwhile, remains to be seen, for this lad anyway.
More to explore and always ready to learn more and hear other POV’s or things that have been missed.