Best car audio apps for Android Auto in 2018: Stream music, podcasts, and audio books

Best car audio apps for Android Auto in 2018: Stream music, podcasts, and audio books
One of the indisputable strengths of Google's Android Auto platform versus Apple's CarPlay is the simple fact that you don't explicitly need a compatible vehicle in order to use it. See, you can actually use your smartphone as a dedicated, fairly distraction-free smart interface dashboard for you device that gives you easy access to Google Maps, Spotify, Play Music, and most importantly, the Google Assistant itself. The requirements? Any relatively contemporary phone that's running Android 5.0 or newer, preferably a car stereo with Bluetooth, and a handy phone mount for your car. That's all it takes, no USB cables and whatnot are required for the task.

To summarize it all, Android Auto is a great solution bringing Google-powered navigation and your favorite music playlists to your car without the potentially distracting interface of Android itself. You get larger, simplified menus, integration with core phone functions, and less-distracting text notifications. Best thing, however, is Android Auto's protection - if you use it too much for a short period of time, it will automatically disable itself for a while, urging you to keep your eyes on the road.

There are tons of apps that work quite well with Android Auto already, but as usual with anything Android-related, the selection is super big. Nauseatingly big, even.

So, we decided to sift out some of the best Android Auto apps that could brighten up your daily commute while maintaining a distraction-free atmosphere.

Music


In case you're driving some older wheels or simply can't enjoy the sound of a V8 engine, your single entertainment during longer rides is most certainly music. Here are the best music-streaming apps that seamlessly work with Android Auto and flaunt simplified car mode interfaces. Note that all of them are similarly-styled, with the only differences being a couple of colors here and there as well as the items in the overflow menu, housing your music library and playlists.


Podcasts


Okay, why listen to music when you can entertain yourselves other ways and even learn a thing or two while doing that? Podcast apps are a grand staple of the Android Auto experience and deserve their own gallery selection. Boasting the same general interface as music apps, the only differences are hidden into the overflow menu and, of course, your content.


Audio books & Radio


Thanks to the wondrous magic of technology, you no longer need to read books, you can simply listen to them while you're commuting! Or, you know, you could just listen to a particular radio station by simply installing its app. There's a slew of apps for Android Auto that let you do just that, here are our favorites.

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8 Comments

1. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Still waiting until they open up the nav part of Android Auto. Currently, only Google & Waze are allowed.

3. nikhil23

Posts: 414; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Atleast waze is allowed. I'll be happy to see here maps on Android Auto

5. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Absolutely, I use Waze since it offers speed control checks so I can speed without thinking too much of it

2. Landon

Posts: 1227; Member since: May 07, 2015

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay should come standard in all new cars. The proprietary navigation systems from almost every car manufacturer are horrendous.

8. yyzamin

Posts: 375; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Reason I brought a VW Golf.

4. nikhil23

Posts: 414; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Still waiting for Youtube Music integration

6. emcdonald75

Posts: 152; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Does Podcast Addict work for Android Auto?

7. peter.k

Posts: 70; Member since: Jul 05, 2017

Yes, works for me.

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