Google is expanding the availability of AR features in Maps, as well as adding glanceable directions to the Android and iOS lockscreens.
Android Automotive Stories February 8
Android Automotive Stories January 6
BMW will adopt Android Automotive OS in 2024, but without Google’s help
Android is having an impact on the next generation of cars, and now BMW has confirmed plans to bring Android Automotive OS to its vehicles in 2024.
Android Automotive Stories December 15, 2022
Honda announced last September that it would start using Android Automotive, and the first car to do so will be the 2023 Accord.
Android Automotive Stories December 6, 2022
Google is fulfilling a common request of Android Automotive owners today with the launch of a dedicated Waze app, though availability will be limited until next year.
Android Automotive Stories November 8, 2022
Google’s Android Automotive has been slowly picking up pace in recent years with more vehicle manufacturers opting for the in-car entertainment and control system. A new deeper partnership between Renault and Google aims to deliver a “software-defined vehicle,” or as they have more boldly claimed the “vehicle of tomorrow.”
Android Automotive Stories September 23, 2022
To better highlight that the Play Store is increasingly home to more than just phone apps, Google is adding a prominent “Other devices” section for watch, televisions, and car apps.
Android Automotive Stories August 25, 2022
As Android Automotive OS 13 goes official, Google quietly confirms ‘Gabledorsche’ Bluetooth stack lives
Android 13 launched on Pixel phones earlier this month and has since hit AOSP, where it will be used by other Android smartphone makers and for other versions of the platform. Now, Google has officially revealed Android Automotive OS 13 and confirmed that the long-in-development “Gabledorsche” Bluetooth stack is live in Android 13.
Android Automotive Stories June 29, 2022
Android Automotive may only be on a couple of cars on the road today, but the platform is set to be used by some major brands over the next few years. Now, BMW is officially committing to using Android Automotive, but without Google’s help.
Android Automotive Stories June 2, 2022
Besides tablets, Android 12L also brings a slew of features to Android Automotive OS as Google quietly detailed last month during I/O 2022, which mostly focused on the upcoming Android Auto redesign.
Android Automotive Stories May 12, 2022
At Google I/O 2022, Android Auto is getting a split-screen mode that lets you always see navigation and media controls, while this redesign can adapt to any screen size and is particularly ideal for those with older cars that have smaller displays. It comes as Android Auto is now available on over 150 million cars worldwide.
Android Automotive Stories April 28, 2022
Mercedes-Benz inks deal for Android-based infotainment, but without Google behind the wheel
Google has been pushing Android Automotive as the next big thing for cars, and it’s resulted in some big names such as Ford and Honda signing on. Now, though, Mercedes-Benz is joining the list of carmakers adopting Android Automotive, but the flavor without Google’s input.
Android Automotive Stories April 26, 2022
One of Google’s biggest partners for Android Automotive in the US market is Ford, but the carmaker has just announced that its transition to its Android system is well behind schedule and will be delayed by a few months.
Android Automotive Stories March 29, 2022
Polestar 2 gets Android Automotive 11, its third major Android version
The first electric vehicle to go on sale with Android Automotive is getting another major update, as Polestar 2 is rolling out its Android 11 update.
Android Automotive Stories March 17, 2022
Google keeps working on expanding its native OS for cars, Android Automotive, and as part of its continuing push, the company has quietly given the platform its own new logo.
Android Automotive Stories January 27, 2022
With Android Automotive, Google maintains the underpinnings of the OS and various services, while car makers can fully customize the UI. That customization extends to third-party apps sporting some differences depending on the car brand.
Android Automotive Stories January 5, 2022
In addition to new features for the regular Auto experience, Google is announcing several Android Automotive features at CES 2022, including a YouTube app.
Android Automotive Stories December 22, 2021
Vivaldi has now officially launched the first full-featured web browser for the Android Automotive platform and is available now on the Polestar 2.
Android Automotive Stories November 29, 2021
Google fixes Assistant being unable to make emergency calls via voice on Android Automotive
With Android Automotive, you can control more car capabilities with just your voice. Google recently found a bug that prevented the Assistant in Android Automotive from calling emergency services and is now rolling out a fix.
Android Automotive Stories November 22, 2021
Amazon Music is now available on Android Automotive
Google’s Android Automotive play is set to expand to more cars in the next couple of years, and in preparation, more apps are slowly arriving. Recently, Amazon Music officially expanded to Android Automotive.
Android Automotive Stories November 2, 2021
LG shows off its take on Android Automotive, coming to 2022 Renault Mégane EV
After making its debut on vehicles including the Polestar 2 over the past year, Google’s Android Automotive platform is set for major expansions over the next two years, and LG is now showing off its take on the platform.
Android Automotive Stories September 23, 2021
With Ford back in February, Google’s car operating system netted a significant partner. Honda is now the next major carmaker to adopt Android Automotive from 2022 onwards.
Android Automotive Stories September 18, 2021
Back in 2019, General Motors announced that it would adopt Google’s car operating system on Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC vehicles. Android Automotive can now be found on the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq with a landscape UI.
Android Automotive Stories September 6, 2021
Renault’s Mégane E-Tech Electric is the first Android Automotive car powered by an ARM chip from Qualcomm
Back in 2018, the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance announced that it would adopt Google’s native car operating system to offer built-in Assistant, Maps, and Play Store. Renault today announced the Mégane E-Tech Electric with Android Automotive and a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset.
Android Automotive Stories August 23, 2021
Android Automotive is the next iteration of in-car entertainment that takes the common Android Auto and builds it out specifically for vehicles.
Android Automotive Stories July 16, 2021
Google’s Android Automotive platform is making its way to a lot of vehicles in the next few years from the likes of Volvo, Lincoln, Ford, and more. Volkswagen, too, may soon join in on the fun, but it seems that version of Android Automotive may differ from the rest.
Android Automotive Stories June 30, 2021
Google is working to expand the footprint of Android in the car with a new native operating system, but it’s only in a few cars. One clever developer, though, has managed to port Android Automotive to a tablet.
Android Automotive Stories June 17, 2021
Lincoln announces plans to adopt Android Automotive in future cars, EVs
Android Auto is usually thought of as just a way to mirror your phone’s relevant content up on a car’s display, but there’s also a native version that can run an entire vehicle’s infotainment system. This week, Lincoln has announced plans to use native Android Auto in some of its future vehicles.
Android Automotive Stories May 18, 2021
Google announced a number of car-related additions from Fast Pair to Android 12 digital car keys at I/O 2021. On the Android Automotive front, there was a first look at the upcoming Hummer EV infotainment system.
Android Automotive Stories March 12, 2021
Spotify brings ‘Group Session’ multi-user controls to Android Automotive on Polestar 2
Launched last year, Spotify “Group Sessions” enable users of the service to come together and control the same playlist from their own devices. Now, Spotify Group Sessions are expanding to Android Auto… at least the in-car version running on Polestar 2.
Android Automotive Stories March 2, 2021
Google’s car OS today is available on the Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 Recharge, with many more vehicles coming down the road. Volvo today announced the C40 Recharge as a follow-up that also uses Android Automotive.
Android Automotive Stories February 1, 2021
Ford this morning announced a wide-ranging partnership with Google to help the automaker adapt to “seismic changes as new technology transforms the way people move.” Ford and Lincoln cars will soon use Android Automotive, while there’s also a cloud component to this deal.
Android Automotive Stories January 27, 2021
The two cars that Android Automotive currently powers are both electric. Ahead of Google’s dashboard experience coming to more vehicles, the built-in Google Maps app is improving how you find EV charging stations.
Android Automotive Stories September 2, 2020
Following Android Automotive’s launch with the Polestar 2, Google released a support page for car owners. It specifically focuses on how to use Google Assistant, Maps, and the Play Store, starting with the set-up process.
Android Automotive Stories August 3, 2020
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 Automotive Stories July 24, 2020
For the past several years, Google has been working on a phone model-esque OS for cars that automakers can customize. The Polestar 2, which will be the first vehicle with Android Automotive, is set to launch soon, and the initial app lineup has been revealed.
Android Automotive Stories October 21, 2019
Google updates Android Automotive emulator, shows off YouTube Music & other apps
Compared to Auto, Google with Android Automotive is offering a full operating system for cars. Developing applications is getting easier with the company today releasing an updated Android Automotive emulator system image.
Android Automotive Stories September 5, 2019
Android Auto is just for infotainment systems, while Android Automotive is a full operating system for cars. Following Volvo earlier this year with the Polestar 2, General Motors announced today that it plans to adopt the native Google experience for its vehicles starting in 2021.
Android Automotive Stories May 1, 2019
Google first announced a native version of Android for car makers, and that’s finally going to ship in a car starting this year. Ahead of the launch of the Polestar 2 and more information at Google I/O 2019, the company is encouraging developers to build media apps for Android Automotive.
Android Automotive Stories February 27, 2019
For the past couple of years, Google has been working with a handful of automakers to use Android as the heart of your vehicle’s infotainment system. This week, we’re finally seeing the first car with Android Automotive be officially announced with Volvo’s Tesla Model 3 competitor, the Polestar 2.
Android Automotive Stories January 25, 2019
Google’s Android Auto platform has grown significantly over the past few years, and the company has also been working on a native solution with some car makers. Today, an interview with Patrick Brady, the head of Android Auto at Google, reveals quite a few new details on the platform.
Android Automotive Stories September 18, 2018
In regards to cars, Google has a two-prong approach with Android Auto and Android Automotive. The former is an infotainment system that features Assistant and Google Maps, while the latter involves Android running on cars. Google is now working with Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi to bring Android Automotive into 2021 vehicles.
Android Automotive Stories May 7, 2018
Google reveals new Android Auto features, updated designs, and new details on Volvo in-car system ahead of I/O
Google’s in-car platform hasn’t changed much since it was originally unveiled, but in the past year or so it has seen some big changes. Last year at I/O, we saw Android Automotive’s debut, a phone-less version of Android Auto for specific cars, and now, we’re getting more details on that, as well as a slight revamp for Android Auto itself.
Android Automotive Stories May 18, 2017
Hands-on: Android in the Car one-ups Android Auto with native controls through Assistant and more [Video]
In-car infotainment systems have long been pretty bad. As touchscreens entered the game, things only got worse, especially in the way of applications. Google and Apple both have ways to fix that, but they don’t provide functionality that the car’s system has, such as climate controls.
With the option to build Android into manufacturers own systems, Google is making it easier for car makers to integrate options like Google Assistant and Android apps into vehicles, and at I/O 2017, we’ve gone hands on.
Android Automotive Stories May 15, 2017
At Google I/O this week, Audi and Volvo will show off infotainment systems in their cars built around the Android operating system. To be clear, these aren’t one of the 300 Android Auto compatible car models that have launched since 2014. expand full story