Google’s in-car software platform Android Auto App 2.0 has been launched finally and you can now get the feeling of Android smartphone from the central screen of your car. The technology is now in 200 new car models in 50 brands. Despite such a high level of saturation, the in-car software platform would not be available in many older cars or trucks which lack aftermarket dashboard display.
Android Auto will now be used by even more car owners as the official Android Auto app will allow its vehicle-based UI to run on any Android phone having Lollipop installed or higher version.
The company has announced an update on Monday that even older models with outdated technology will have this feature soon. The new version of Android will be launched in more than 30 countries. Android Auto was launched 2-years-ago to provide a simplified user experience for drivers. It had large icons and all of that accessible through voice.
Google’s blog says, “But we know there are millions of older cars on the road that are not compatible with Android Auto, and many don’t have a screen at all. We wanted to bring the same connected experience to these drivers too.”
After downloaded Android Auto will connect to the driver’s compatible car display or can be handled directly through phone. This allows users to use voice-recognition prompts to make a call or send a text message. You can even launch an app such as Spotify or Pandora and being a driver, you also get turn by turn direction via Google Maps.
Users can start the app when the phone is connected to Bluetooth. Google has also announced to enhance support for hands-free voice commands in future. They can soon be able to access features like maps, music and messaging just by saying OK.
The company’s foray in the auto sector is noteworthy as it will allow Google to penetrate more in the daily lives of consumers. This will pit the company against Apple and its rival in-car software platform Apple CarPlay.
The Android Auto 2.0 app has large, easy-to-read fonts since the phone is mounted to the windscreen. A card-based interface shows only relevant information that is required during driving such as Maps, Music and Communication).The display will be set to an always-on mode, so it will be a good idea to keep the phone plugged to a car charger.
Analysts expects it to be an interesting development as car companies are often reluctant to use new information system into new models. People also don’t change cars every year. In the past, integrating infotainment systems have not been too well received.