Android Auto Hits the Play Store for Lollipop Phones
Google today made Android Auto, its platform for connecting to car-based infotainment systems, available as an app in the Play Store. With the app and compatible car, Android smartphone owners will be able to access navigation, calls and messaging, Google Search, and their music through the car's screen rather than their phone. Android Auto competes with Apple's CarPlay and the open MirrorLink standard. It is available in select head units from Pioneer and will soon be available in select cars. The app is free to download, but requires Android 5.0 and up. Google also created a section in the Play Store highlighting third-party apps that are compatible with Android Auto.
CarPlay vs. Android Auto
By all accounts, both Apple and Google have bold ambitions in the automotive space. But an Apple or Google Car is many years away.
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.
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.
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.
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.