With both ‘AUTO’ and ‘MOBILE’ Android will make your car smarterby Rajshree Faria April 8, 2016
Remember the days when you had to park your car on the side to make or receive a call? (Unless you loved breaking traffic rules, of course) Or perhaps, the days when you had to ask the person riding shotgun to change the music track. Thanks to smarter technology, we now don’t need to stop the car or depend on the other passengers to do our bidding, as the Green Robot will very well do it for us! What are we talking about, you ask? We are referring to Google’s Android Auto app for in-car infotainment which will be available as a standard offering by many car manufacturers in countries such as India, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, along with some Latin American ones.
For all those who drive on a regular basis, you know just how important a navigation system and lag-free entertainment system is. And the ability to make hands free calls. With the Android Auto app, you get all these features and functionality in one integrated app to make your driving experience better! Imagine this: you’re on a road trip to Goa (yes!) with your friends… You wish to listen to music, find your way to the next dhaba, and complain about the surprising potholes on the highway. With one single app, known as Android Auto, you can change the music tracks, look up the next best dhaba, get live traffic updates, navigate flawlessly with guided voice and make a call to your friend to make them jealous with simple voice commands!
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What do you need?
All you need to do is, download the Android Auto app onto your Android (Lollipop or higher version) smartphone and plug the device into your car’s infotainment system!
Once you have the integrated app up and running, you can easily see the commands and options on the infotainment system’s touchscreen panel. With support for Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora and more built into Android Auto, you have a plethora of musical options to choose from to keep you company as you drive. What more? You can also access 30 million songs on Google Play Music for 90 days!
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Cars compatible with Android Auto
You may be wondering if your current car supports the awesomeness that Android Auto offer, aren’t you? Well, if you own a Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Baleno, or Ertiga, which is preloaded with the SmartPlay infotainment system, then a free simple software upgrade will add Android Auto support to your car. However, the exact dates as to when these updates will roll out is undecided, the excitement to drive a smarter car will need to be contained. If you’rooking to buy a new car with Android Auto support, you may have a look at the more recent models from Suzuki, Skoda, Mahendra, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Honda, Renault, and Audi.
With Android Auto, you ride Smarter.