Android Auto was first announced in Google I/O 2014 as Android’s foray into the automobile world. Several companies have already announced to put Android Auto into their cars but Google has been slow to roll out the software to the consumers.
With that said, consumers can finally get their chance to experience Auto for themselves because Google has just released the Auto app onto the Play store. The stage is set for Apple with its Carplay and Google with its Android Auto to take on each other on another front.
Android Auto allows users to listen to music, navigate with Maps, provides hands-free capabilities and much more
The app will allow the users to listen to their music and playlists in the car using the car stereo, navigate using the Google Maps with traffic conditions and more, get hands-free phone and messaging eliminating the need of any other accessory for it, set reminders, receive Google now information about weather, traffic and commute organised in simple cards and much more.
The app will work on all Android phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher. The users will need an Android Auto-compatible aftermarket head unit. Car manufacturers have already shown interest and Android Auto compatibility will be supported by many major companies in the coming future. Pioneer has already released several Android Auto powered units and is the first one to the market with Auto.
Users will need an Android Auto-compatible aftermarket head unit for the app to work
Developers can now start pushing their Android Auto apps to Google Play for review. Google has made a handy new section for apps that can run on aftermarket car head units. Some of the apps that are already available for download are Spotify, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, Google Play Music and many more.
There might be quite some time before most consumers will get their hand on an Auto compatible unit but with the app already made available by Google, the users can have a look at it before going to buy the hardware.