Android Auto Overview Updated October 9, 2019

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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 9

Volvo is using Android Automotive in its electric XC40 SUV [Video]

Google has been pushing Android Auto as a native option for infotainment systems with some carmakers, and Volvo has several with the platform. Today, the company has confirmed that its upcoming Volvo XC40 EV will be using Android Automotive.

Android Auto Stories October 7

Toyota extends Android Auto support to 2020 RAV4 and C-HR

Earlier this year Toyota finally confirmed it would be including Android Auto on some of its vehicles. Now, it’s been confirmed that the Toyota RAV4 will also include Android Auto as a standard feature with the new model year.

Android Auto just went through a huge redesign and, following that, an update to Google Maps on the platform rolled out as well. Now, we’re seeing a slight tweak to the Google Maps interface on Android Auto hit some users with a logo in place and more.

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Android Auto’s new redesign surfaces all compatible apps on your homescreen, and that can feel understandably cluttered at times. Now, the latest update to Android Auto is preparing homescreen customization and more.

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Android Auto Stories October 2

Android Auto Wireless is now working on certain Samsung Galaxy devices

After a slight delay, Android Auto Wireless is now compatible with select Samsung Galaxy phones.

Android Auto Stories September 23

Android Auto is one of the best ways to interact with your multimedia and navigation details while driving. However, some of its apps often end up behind in terms of features. One example of that is Google Maps, which picked up handy reporting features over six months ago that still haven’t come to Android Auto.

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