Google Takes Android Auto out of the vehicle—along with also onto the Phone
Google is actually nothing if not technically egalitarian. Having successfully launched Android Auto, software that will syncs Android-running smartphones with automakers’ in-car displays to ensure that will certain apps can be used while driving via the familiar Android interface, Google has turned its automotive attention to phones themselves. As in, Android Auto is actually right now available for phones used in all cars, not just the more than 0 car types globally that will offer connectivity.
Confused? We understand. that will’s because, in order to use Android Auto in a vehicle, one must download the attendant Android Auto app for the Android smartphone first; the system activates once the phone is actually plugged into a compatible car’s USB port, mirroring a simplified style of the phone’s app menu on the vehicle’s display. Google’s latest Android Auto announcement doesn’t change that will, although the company cleverly spun the news to say Android Auto is actually right now available “in every car.”
What the item definitely does is actually allow the app to run on the phone using the same simplified Android interface that will appears on dashboard displays. Why? to ensure that will drivers of older or incompatible cars—those not capable of connecting with Android Auto, perhaps without an in-dash screen at all—will possess the option of sticking the phone into a mount, firing up Android Auto, along with also pretending they have a newer car that has a car-optimized, internet-connected touchscreen infotainment setup. Except that will, instead of tapping away at a large-ish built-in touchscreen, these users will be tap-tapping at their phones. Ideally not too much, since, you know, they’re driving, however that will’s where the app’s simplified menu structure comes in. Besides, the base-level screens in some cars offering Android Auto are smaller than some of the latest phones, anyway.
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The fresh, on-phone Android Auto feature is actually unlocked using a software update for the app (for those who already possess the item); the item will be included with the app going forward. The only hitch is actually that will users must be running phones with Android 5.0 or later. Google also promises that will enhanced voice-control functionality for the app’s navigation, music, along with also messaging shortcuts is actually coming, along with also the item will rely on the same “Okay, Google” command structure familiar to recent Android phone adoptees. Oh, along with also if you’re interested in This specific Android Auto iteration, keep in mind that will the item is actually free.