You probably don’t associate HTML5 games with car infotainment systems, but apparently Google is working to bring that to Android Auto. Strings have been detected in the latest APK of the app that will allow you to play such games on your car dash. But don’t worry, Google doesn’t encourage drivers to play games while driving on the highway. These games cannot be started unless the user is parked, unlike voice-activated games that can currently be played through the Google Assistant.
In an APK teardown, XDA Developers they were able to manually show something called GearSnacks in the list of apps for Android Auto. It was spotted by Reddit users and apparently has a “multitude of games” and will allow you to play them on your car dashboard if you have Android Auto installed there. They were also able to find multiple references in the latest Android Auto update and it relates directly to GameSnacks.
For those of you unfamiliar with it, GameSnacks is actually an existing HTML5 gaming platform that grew out of Area 120, Google’s experimental lab. Create bite-sized HTML5 games that you can play from any web-compatible device, be it touch, keyboard, or mouse. You can play games on your device through the GameSnacks website. Later, Google began integrating the games into Google products such as Chrome, Google Pay, Google Assistant, and Google Discover.
The Android Auto code shows around 8 games that are being optimized for Android Auto: Zoo Boom, Onet Connect Classic, Cannonballs 3D, Pin the UFO, 2048 Giant, Find 500 Differences, Unblock That, and Bubble Woods. Some users don’t see all of the games yet, which means they’re still screen ready and optimized. A string also indicates that games will only be playable on touchscreen head units.
And lest you think that it is dangerous for Google to add games to Android Auto, GearSnacks cannot be started unless the vehicle is detected to be parked. We may hear of an official announcement on GearSnacks soon, but for now, it’s still in development.