Android Auto Overview Updated August 11, 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 August 11

Google’s Android Auto platform continues to expand with more apps, supported hardware, and even its native version arriving on other cars. Today, Google is announcing new changes to apps on Android Auto which, finally, opens the door to more navigation apps on the platform.

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Android Auto’s big revamp last year introduced a new bottom bar and launcher interface. However, the new look removed some features found in the original experience. Google is now bringing back Calendar functionality with a dedicated app, while in-car Android Auto settings are also coming. 

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Android Auto Stories August 3

Android Automotive will run natively on vehicles from Vauxhall, Opel, Peugeot, more

With its Android Automotive OS, Google has been helping to offer a more powerful, modern infotainment system to car manufacturers. That system has only debuted on a few models to date, but it’s going to make an expansion in the next few years as Android Automotive is being adopted by Groupe PSA.

Android Auto Stories July 29

[Update: Now available] BMW is bringing Wireless Android Auto to select vehicles

As Android Auto continues to improve, the platform has been spreading to more brands. Now, BMW has finally announced that it is adding support for Android Auto starting in 2020.

Android Auto Stories July 2

Android Auto for Phone Screens was supposed to be a simple stop-gap leading up to the launch of Google Assistant’s Driving Mode, but with that feature still nowhere to be found, Google is making some improvements. This week, Android Auto for Phone Screens is being updated with improved Google Maps support.

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Android Auto Stories June 24

Android Auto races to 500 million downloads on the Google Play Store

Despite being a relative newcomer to in-car entertainment, the Android Auto app has now surpassed the 500 million download milestone on the Google Play Store.

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