Android Auto Overview Updated March 30, 2020

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Google’s Android Auto platform isn’t its own operating system. Rather, it is an extension of a connected Android smartphone which can display some apps, entertainment, and mirror messages on a car’s dashboard. The platform was announced in 2014 and received a major redesign in 2019.

Android Auto is designed to help keep driver’s attention on the road rather than their smartphone. The platform limits users to just a handful of apps, primarily those used for media such as Spotify, YouTube Music, and others. Mapping apps are also a core part of the platform with Google Maps and Waze both offering apps.

Users can take advantage of Android Auto in select vehicles that offer integration with the platform. There are over 500 different vehicles that offer Auto support from brands including Ford, Hyundai, Chevrolet, Nissan, Toyota, Subaru, and many others.

Not long after it originally debuted, Google also added an experience for smartphone screens, but that was removed in favor of a new Google Assistant driving mode.

Android Auto is also available on third-party head units for older vehicles that don’t natively offer support. Popular brands include Pioneer, Sony, Alpine, and others.

You can learn more about Google’s platform in our continued coverage below, and read our review of the updated design here.

Android Auto Stories March 30

Android Auto Wireless is now supported in 34 countries w/ latest expansion

Google’s Android Auto platform has been around for some time now, but the Wireless version of it has only been available in select regions. Now, Google has expanded its availability to over a dozen new countries!

Android Auto Stories March 20

Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay systems have become important tools for accessing maps and music while in the car, but could they be doing more harm than good? I’d argue they’re the best way to access needed smartphone functions while behind the wheel, but a study claims that Android Auto and CarPlay could be a considerable distraction.

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Android Auto Stories March 16

Google’s Android Auto platform makes it easy to display maps and control music from your car’s display, but sometimes it has some annoying issues. Now, Google has confirmed it has a fix for an ongoing “internet connection” issue with Assistant on Android Auto.

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Android Auto Stories March 11

Android Auto has become an important feature of millions of vehicles and, for many, is a feature that can make or break a purchase. Now, Android Auto is going to be a standard feature on all new vehicles from… Harley-Davidson.

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Android Auto Stories February 13

Google’s Android Auto went through a major redesign last year which has a lot of pros, but one unfortunate casualty was a weather widget on the homescreen. Now, after experimenting with its design a bit, Google is adding a weather icon to Android Auto’s status bar.

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Android Auto Stories January 31

Android Auto 5.0 breaks accept/decline call buttons on steering wheels

Android Auto 5.0 widely rolled out earlier this week with the ability to silence notifications while driving. However, this Android Auto release appears to have also introduced a bug that breaks the accept and decline call buttons on steering wheels.

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