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Android Auto now in every car model, Google says

Android Auto now in every car model, Google says
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Google, the developers of the Android Operating System has announced that the Android Auto it launched two years ago to better integrate phones and cars and give drivers an easier way to access the information they need, has been upgraded to run even on older car models.

The new update according to Google will allow anyone, including drivers of older car models with an Android phone running on 5.0 and above to use a driver friendly interface to access the Android Auto.

The company says there are now over 200 new car models supporting Android Auto offered from more than 50 brands, and many more launching every day.

With the Android Auto according to the developers, you can bring your music with you with apps like Spotify, Pandora or Google Play Music, and make calls or send messages with hands-free voice commands. And you can get turn-by-turn directions to your next destination with Google Maps.

Jaguar F-Pace
Jaguar F-Pace

Google says that there are millions of older cars on the road that are not compatible with Android Auto, and many don’t have a screen at all which is the reason the company wanted to bring the same connected experience to these drivers too.

“So today we’re excited to introduce a whole new way to use Android Auto: right on your phone screen! This update allows anyone with an Android phone (running 5.0 or later) to use a driver friendly interface to access the key stuff you need on the road ― directions, music, communications ― without the distraction of things that aren’t essential while driving,” Google says.

“Whether your phone is connected to a compatible car display, or placed in a car mount on the dashboard, Android Auto brings your favorite apps and services into one place, making them accessible in safer and seamless ways,” the company adds.

With the Android Auto according to the developers, you can bring your music with you with apps like Spotify, Pandora or Google Play Music, and make calls or send messages with hands-free voice commands. And you can get turn-by-turn directions to your next destination with Google Maps.

This update also brings the ability to automatically start the app when the phone is paired with Bluetooth, and the company says that while you can put your phone in any car mount, you should keep an eye out for Bluetooth-supported car mounts such as Logitech’s SmartCar mount, which is coming soon to the Google Store and select retail locations.

“We’re also enhancing the support for hands-free voice commands in the coming weeks. You will soon be able to easily access existing features like maps, music and messaging by just saying “Ok Google” so you can stay focused on the road,” the company says.

Google says the latest version (2.0) with the phone screen experience will be rolling out in the coming days to more than 30 countries where Android Auto is currently available.

 

Donatus Anichukwueze Technology Writer at Technology Times Media e-mail: donatus.anichukwueze@technologytimes.ng

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