Don't have Android Auto in your car? No worries, you will soon have it all on your phone

Android Auto is great – a smart interface that covers all your driving-assistant needs without distracting you from the road, all accomplished through a simple interface with big, big buttons. But not everyone has access to the service, since even if you go out and buy a brand-new car, some manufacturers still haven't incorporated Google's screen in their vehicles. Fair enough.

So, to help Android Auto reach more drivers around the world, Google will be rolling out a huge update to the Android Auto phone app, making it autonomous. Currently, the app is used to help your phone connect and sync with your car's Android Auto head unit. After the update, however, you won't need a head display – everything will run straight on the smartphone's display.

Android Auto will change up your phone's interface, displaying everything with bold text in large, easy to use cards. All the essential actions would be performable via voice commands, so you can keep both hands on the wheel. So, you'll be able to initiate calls, send texts, ask for navigation, play your music, et cetera, all while keeping your eyes on the road.

Currently, you can get similar services from apps like Drivemode, which is quite popular. Is Google's first party solution going to be good enough to draw users away from the others?



1. maherk

Posts: 7064; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What's going in with all those spelling mistakes?

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

spartphone -- sparta phone?

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

AOU....AOU....AOU !!!

6. maherk

Posts: 7064; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

"Is Google's first party solution be good enough to draw users away from the others." What is this? Lol

7. paul.k

Posts: 305; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Just your regular Paul K. brain derp caused by watching too much Google I/O. Thanks! :)

2. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Could this be done a tablet and then connected to the smartphone? Because that would be a great solution to get the most out of it, and have it easier to use quicker.

4. garintoren

Posts: 1; Member since: May 19, 2016

What is the timing on this update?

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Awesome! This is what all them in-car solutions should have been from the start! Not requiring some proprietary nonsense in the car...

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

As for drawing me away from third-party solutions, only if it can take all the voice commands and read messages without connecting to the internet. Otherwise, screw google's s**t, don't need the spyware eaves-dropping through my messages while I drive.

10. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

No thanks, more than happy to keep using Car Home Ultra

11. matistight

Posts: 1054; Member since: May 13, 2009

Ew, that looks horrible. This is 2016, not 2008.

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