Traditionally, you couldn’t do much in Android Auto beyond getting from one place to another, controlling the music, and viewing mobile notifications. Recently, Google is opening the door for all kinds of applications and we will soon have mini-games in Android Auto.
According to XDA’s research, HTML5 mini-games from Gamesnacks – Google’s Area 120 project – will be available on Android Auto, as long as the car is stopped and has a touchscreen. Some users on Reddit have found the games already accessible, possibly by mistake.
HTML5 mini-games on Android Auto
A Reddit user was surprised to find a mysterious GearSnacks app in the list of apps supported by Android Auto, without the app appearing available on the phone itself – GearSnacks. Said app appears to indeed be part of the Android Auto app and will be the way to launch GameSnacks mini-games from Android Auto.
These games are not The Witcher 3, as in the Tesla Model S, but are very simple HTML5 mini-games that Google has been gradually integrating into several of its apps. For example, in the past, it made the test of including the mini-game of the day in Google Chrome. In XDA they have managed to make some of them work in Android Auto, where they need the vehicle to have a touch screen.
Google for the moment has not commented on the matter, but in XDA they have found that several of the GameSnacks games have a specific link for Android Auto, such as ZooBoom, ONET Connect, Cannonballs 3D, or Pin the UFO, so the clues are pretty clear that the integration of these minigames could be just around the corner.
Being games that require you to interact by tapping on the screen, it’s predictable that they won’t be unlockable unless the car is parked. We will have to wait and see when Google decides to make this Android Auto novelty official and whether it will be activated equally in all regions or gradually, as usual.