Google Brings Android Auto to Every Car via New Android App
Google today announced a new app for smartphones that gives everyone the opportunity to use Android Auto in their car. Android Auto has been available to select cars with in-dash screens for about two years. Google says about 200 new cars from some 50 manufacturers support Android Auto in the dashboard. Millions of older cars, however, don't include navigation screens or support the platform. Android Auto for Android handsets includes a driver-friendly user interface that provides access to core functions — navigation, music, communications — directly on the phone. Google says the new app will launch automatically when paired to cars via Bluetooth, but can also be turned on manually. The app includes support for "OK Google" voice commands to launch phone calls, dictate messages, and search for addresses. Google plans to improve voice actions in the weeks ahead. Android Auto is compatible with Android devices running Android 5.0 and up. It will be made available to devices in 30 countries in the days ahead.
Android Auto to Benefit from Android N Features
Google offered a few details on what the future holds for Android Auto. The platform will be expanded thanks to Android N.
Audi and Volvo to Adopt Android Auto
Google today said carmakers Audi and Volvo plan to build Android Auto into their next generation of cars. The companies already offer limited support for the platform in select cars.
Deezer Expands to Android Auto for In-Car Rockin'
Deezer today said the latest version of its application is compatible with Android Auto and can be used in cars by drivers. People who subscribe to Deezer Premium+ and Elite can stream their favorite playlists through a Android Auto-compatible infotainment unit.
Android Auto Can Now Navigate with Waze
Google today made Waze available within Android Auto. The new integration means those who prefer Waze to Google Maps can take advantage of Waze via their car's in-dash infotainment center.
Google's Allo Messaging App Finds Its Way to Android Auto
Users of Google's Allo mobile messaging application can now use the service from the comfort of their car. The latest update, available in the Google Play Store, brings support for Android Auto to Allo, which joins several other messaging services that are already accessible when in drive mode.