Android Auto will be initially supported in vehicles from 28 car brands
With yesterday's unveiling of Android Auto, Google is finally about to bring its open-source platform to the car. Just as we already explained, the concept behind it is downright simple – after you get into your vehicle and plug it a USB cable into your Android smartphone, the latter casts the interface of Android Auto right onto your vehicle's dashboard. You can then easily access simplified versions of several apps that you are most likely to use while driving – navigation, messaging, and music. The most important aspect of Android Auto? It's completely voice-enabled, courtesy of Google's Voice Search.
It is said that the first cars that support Android Auto will roll on the asphalt later this year. We are talking about Abarth, Acura, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jeep, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, RAM, Renault, Seat, Skoda, Subaru, Suzuki, Volkswagen, and Volvo vehicles. Some more premium car brands, such as Maserati and Bentley, are also included in the list.
Interestingly enough, some of the above-mentioned car brands have also expressed their intention to support Apple's CarPlay. This means that if your intention is to buy a Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Subaru, or a Suzuki in the foreseeable future, then you'd most probably get to choose between Apple's and Google's ecosystems.
Well, how neat is that?
source: Android, Apple
1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2739; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
So some manufacturers work with both? Weird. And Honda is with Apple while Acura is with Google. Weirder.
3. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
Honda also listed in Android Auto. I was wondering how honda will play this. Will they let us choose the system for the car, or specific system tied to specific model.
4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2739; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I wonder what's gonna happen to their own systems. Especially when some of them are already based on Android.
7. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2739; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I know that at least Infiniti Q50 (in my profile pic :) has a system based on Android. And I believe there are others too.
8. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
Is it just android head system, or the whole car?
10. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2739; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
It's the entertainment system in the center console.
14. Jommick (Posts: 198; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
CarPlay and Android Auto work similarly, wherein the phone itself is effectively what you're using, just on your car's stereo and significantly simplified.
16. boosook (Posts: 1002; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
What's the problem? It will simply be a matter of implementing both system in the software... you buy the car, you use the ecosystem you prefer. I think it's a wise choice, and that every manufacturer in the end will support both systems, and probably even windows phone when Microsoft will come out with something similar (and they will).
2. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
Buying a brand new car can't be so hard for android and iphone user. I can imagine someone goes to the showroom and find out that some particular model haven't been updated to support Android Auto or apple equivalent and feel confuse whether to buy the car or not.
Fortunately for bb and wp user, they could just buy any brand, because they won't use it anyway.
6. npaladin2000 (Posts: 134; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
Let's hope manufacturers will be updating current models to support Android Auto...I just bought a frigging 2014 Mazda3.
9. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
AGREE!!! It would be hilarious if we must buy brand new car just because of this.
19. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6477; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
I have a 05' Crappy Echo. so when ever mine dies I'll be buying a Honda
11. smallworld (Posts: 438; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
No BMW or Mercedes ? Apple wins this one.
13. slh163 (Posts: 45; Member since: 19 May 2014)
there is Bentley, infinity, Audi, Chrysler and Maserati
so..yeah who winning now?
15. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2739; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Well Chrysler is obviously a minus not a plus lol xD
22. fireblade (Posts: 694; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
"None of them can touch BMW."
Perhaps you should do a little research before talking
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro
Alfa Romeo 8c
Honda HSV-010 GT
23. deviantirish79 (Posts: 24; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)
I have an 04 Audi A6 S-Line that begs to differ. I like BMW a lot. But apples to apples for price and class my A6 is faster than the BMW 325xi. And it will beat the M3 in a 1/4 mile. However, the M3 will pass me by the end of a mile.
17. boosook (Posts: 1002; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
BMW already has its own proprietary entertainment system... based on Android! ;) They give you a tablet wich is an Android tablet with some customizations and apps added by BMW, that can interact with the car's entertainment system.
But, in the end, they'll probably support android auto too. It's just a matter of time.
12. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1303; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Oh, come on, why no Android on Peugeot?
18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6477; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Why isn't Toyota on the list? I have a 05' Toyota was hoping to buy later when i see ANDROID AUTO in new models. Guess i have to switch to HONDA
21. joey_sfb (Posts: 2919; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
I wonder what will happen if an iOS user that has CarPlay decided to switch to Android. Will CarPlay work equally well with Android phone?
I do hope Apple decide to support Android phone as well.