Google's Driving App Is Now Available to All Android Users

Google's Driving App Is Now Available to All Android Users

This means doing things like making buttons bigger and easier to access when compared to typical app controls. The app takes quite a few taps to set up, but once that's done, you get a very simple driver-friendly interface (pictured at the top). You might have heard about Google Car Play before, and Android Auto is similar to that in terms of how it can help you while you are on the road.

Android Auto can now be used on a compatible smartphone. We wanted to bring the same connected experience to these drivers too.

Android Auto is a connectivity app that joins the main navigation, entertainment, and communication apps that a driver uses on a single screen for easier use and access while in the vehicle.

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Google recommends customers buy Bluetooth-supported auto mounts.

The update will also automatically connect your phone to your car's built-in Bluetooth if it has it, or a Bluetooth auto mount such as the Logitech ZeroTouch. Support for hands-free voice commands will also be improved in the coming weeks.

Users are greeted by the Google Now overview screen, which predicts what services they are most likely to want at a given time, based on previous behaviour - for example, the ability to navigate to work or home, depending of the time of day, via a single touch. If you receive a phone call or text, you will see the content of the message. And if there is inclement weather projected for your trip, you will receive an alert.

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Android Auto launched in early 2015 as a feature of Lollipop. They are informally divided into categories. And of course, get turn-by-turn directions to your next destination with Google Maps. That includes accessing turn-by-turn directions from Google Maps and playing music from supported streaming apps like Spotify and Google Play.

Android Auto on any old smartphone or tablet will not necessarily deliver the same experience as an integrated head unit.

Google's Android Auto debuted about two years ago to give Android users a better way to interface with their vehicles. Good news today though. Considering it is free, perhaps that is good enough.

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Android Auto 2.0, meanwhile, is rolling out now to more than 30 countries. The only way it was possible to use Android Auto was to buy one of the many third-party stereos that had support for this platform or get a new vehicle that came with Android Auto baked right in.


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