Until recently infotainment systems on automobiles were complicated and riddled with issues. Features like voice commands rarely worked. With the advent of Android Auto and Apple Car Play we have seen things improve, people finally got to use touch screens powered by a mobile operating system on their cars. Google has now updated Android Auto and the new version aims at competing with infotainment systems from auto manufacturers.
Google isn’t forgetting about Android Auto, its in-car system, and has recently updated the platform with new features.
Google is rolling out an important update to its first-party Podcasts app.
Ahead of Google I/O tomorrow, Google has announced some major upgrades to Android Auto. The first and foremost update is to the design which would make content more accessible on media apps.
Earlier this year, Google confirmed Android Auto would run natively on smartphones. Sure enough, the wait is over.
Google has rolled out Android Auto in 18 more countries including Russia, India, Brazil and the territory of Puerto Rico.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, Ford and Fiat Chrysler announced that they will be bringing Android Auto support to their cars. While Ford is adding Android Auto support in all its 2017 range of vehicles that come with Sync 3, Fiat will be adding support for it only in those vehicles that features its fourth generation UConnect systems.
Nearly a year after Google announced Android Auto, the technology has finally made its way to a car that is available for purchase to consumers: the 2015 Hyundai Sonata.