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.
Google Assistant Lets Device Makers Create Custom Actions
Mar 9, 2018
Google today introduced new Custom Device Actions for Google Assistant that will give devices native functionality specific to their hardware. Custom Device Actions build on the Assistant's existing Actions tool for issuing specific commands.
Google Threads Voice Commands Deeper Into Google Maps
Sep 29, 2016
People can now use their voice to take full command of Google Maps when in the car. Google updated Maps today and added more support for "Ok, Google"-based voice commands.
Volvo, Kenwood Rev Up Android Auto with New Integrations
May 9, 2018
Support for Google's Android Auto expanded this week thanks to new efforts taken by Volvo and Kenwood. Volvo plans to adopt Android Auto within its infotainment center.
Google Retools Dashboard for Mobile Devices
Sep 8, 2017
Google today said it plans to roll out a refreshed version of its account management tool, Dashboard, in an attempt to make it simpler for people to control their data. Specifically, Google has made Dashboard much more touch friendly, which allows people to access and use it more easily from mobile devices, such as smartphones.