Android Auto Overview Updated October 20, 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 October 20

Ahead of the Play Music shutdown, Google has been working to add key functionality to the YouTube-based alternative, especially for free users. The YouTube Music app for Android Auto now works to play uploaded tracks.

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Android Auto Stories October 19

Although it is one of the last automotive manufacturers to add Android Auto to its vehicles, BMW is now set to bring the digitally-driven interface to approximately 750,000 cars with the iDrive 7 update.

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Android Auto Stories October 13

The latest Android Auto 5.7 release has already caused a few problems for people out there, the latest being with Google Assistant responses — or lack thereof.

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Android Auto Stories October 7

While fans of using Android in the car may be more excited by the upcoming launch of Google Assistant Driving Mode, Android Auto is preparing improvements of its own with custom shortcuts to Assistant actions and contacts.

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Android Auto Stories September 13

Android Auto stability issues seem to pop up pretty regularly, and following the release of Android 11 last week, some users are reporting a lot of pretty major issues between the two.

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Android Auto Stories September 7

Android Auto makes it easier —though not necessarily safer — to use navigation apps and control media while driving. However, there’s one bit of friction in setting up the system when it comes to the actual connection. The vast majority of cars use a cable to run Android Auto, but an ambitious project plans to bring the wireless version of Google’s platform to your current car using just a dongle.

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