Announced in June 2014 and released in March 2015, Android Auto has today welcomed the service in the form of a mobile app. Android Auto’s mobile app allows you to operate your mobile devices hands-free while you drive. The app can be operated from dashboard’s head unit of your automobile. This newer version will be compatible with Android operating system version 5.0 (Lollipop) or later.
Android Auto renders services like navigation, music playback, voice communication while drivers keep their hands on the wheel. It also enables you to control messaging apps by saying out ‘OK Google’ out loud. Google Maps, Google Play Music, Spotify, Songza, iHeart Radio, TuneIn are some of the apps compatible with this navigation interface.
To run the Android Auto mobile app, all you need is an Android phone running 5.0 Lollipop or higher along with a compatible automobile. As soon as your mobile device gets paired to your automobile via Bluetooth, Android Auto automatically opens up. The services of the app can also be accessed with a USB cable. Companies like Pioneer, Kenwood, and others have brought aftermarket car audio systems that support the app. Version 2.0 with its oversized interface makes it effortless to use while driving.
Version 2.0 with its oversized interface makes it effortless to use while driving. The new version is designed to avoid distraction with its powerful voice and integrated steering controls. The new version will be available in more than 30 countries, where Android Auto is already offered, in a few days. Android Auto is compatible with luxurious brand cars like BMW, Audi to consumer brand cars like Hyundai, Fiat etc. Further, a Software Development Kit(SDK) has been released which allows third parties to modify their apps to work with Android Auto.
Hence, this new version 2.o with better compatibility will increase the consumer base for the app. Developed by Google, the smartphone projection app displays three cards on the screen displaying most relevant bits of information. The app projects weather alerts, detour details as well as the content of your messages. We’re still to see how this update fares with regular Android Auto users.
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