Want Android Auto in your car? You'll need the Hyundai Sonata 2015

Want Android Auto in your car? You'll need the Hyundai Sonata 2015
While in-car entertainment systems have definitely made some progress in the past decade, it wasn't until recently that we started seeing traditional manufacturers finally giving in and considering tapping into the expertise of companies that do UX for a living — like Apple and Google. Back in 2014, both companies promised to bring a smartphone-first experience to cars with CarPlay and Android Auto, respectively, and now, in a first for the US, Hyundai will be finally selling actual vehicles that come with one of the systems standard-fitted — Google's.

The first model from Hyundai's portfolio to receive the Android treatment is the 2015 Sonata — its flagship car. The model is actually already available for purchase, so only newer units will come with the update pre-loaded, while existing owners can get their system updated with Android Auto support at any local Hyundai dealership. Later this summer, the car maker will make the update available on its web site, so any owners will be able to simply download the new software onto a USB stick and update their vehicles themselves. The operating system is be operable through steering wheel controls, touch, and voice.

Before you get excited, however, keep in mind that Android Auto requires an active connection between your smartphone and your car's system over microUSB, and more importantly — an Android device with the Lollipop update. Seeing as the latest update is still to make it to more than 10% of all Android devices on the market, there's a decent chance that you'll either have to sit tight until you get yours, or upgrade to a newer device that comes with the update out of the box.


source: Hyundai via AndroidOS

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24 Comments

1. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

I only hope the car's electronics don't get infected by Android's malwares....

3. Sauce5 unregistered

That was unnecessary.

5. waddup121 unregistered

heck yeah!

15. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Don't worry your stupidity isn't infectious.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So long as the navigation doesn't get infected with Apple Maps, you'll be fine.

24. .Veritas.

Posts: 17; Member since: May 27, 2015

Malware vs Apples half-baked maps,,,, Lmao. Users ending up some-where else. Apple's iOs has, built in anti-aircraft, unlike Android, you have to install.

27. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Since you are talking about malware and not a virus (there isn't a virus for Android), it doesn't infect other systems nor does it infect system files. So like any other malware out there, uninstalling the app or a factory reset at most, cleans the system.

29. ARTE.8800.

Posts: 192; Member since: May 27, 2015

Bobbybuster disguise as Jakelee. Lmao. What's up Jake.... Loooongtime.

4. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Haters incoming... EDIT: I was too late

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

No joke, BobbyBuster is, I believe one of the most obnoxious people on the site along with Mxyzptlk.

19. gaming64 unregistered

At least Mxyzptlk isn't the kind of troll that would blast you brain anymore and I like him/her better than BobbyBuster.

25. .Veritas.

Posts: 17; Member since: May 27, 2015

There both the same. Bobbybuster is fuming, because of jealousy. Because he's Apple provides no tech, nor quality, but a stamped, emblem logo.

9. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I thought the Genesis was the flagship for Hyundai? Sonata is their midsize sedan, and the Elantra is their compact. Now, if I recall correctly, the Sonata is the highest selling of their models.

32. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Close. The Equus is Hyundai's flagship vehicle; it runs $20K more than the Genesis. The Sonata is its highest sales volume choice.

11. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Awesome. I had my mind set on an Infiniti G37 as my next car. Until I found out it is set up for iPod, but not really anything else. There's no aux plug and Android owners trying to stream over bluetooth had issues. There is a USB port, but a memory stick doesn't show the track/artist info like an iPod does. I said f them and decided on a Lexus. Not in the market for new right now, but my next car will have Android in the car.

16. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

You chose a car over a blutooth feature? Wow...

17. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

Yes, I'm sure no other factors came first. /s Why do people act so dense in comments sections. If two cars met all your desires, but one supported your phone and one didn't, which would you choose?

12. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

Awesome. I hope more android cars comming. Honda or Toyota please

26. .Veritas.

Posts: 17; Member since: May 27, 2015

Soon, Android will be dominating.

31. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

I hope. It would be great have android in car. It's good car manufacture choose android

21. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

whats up with the insane trolling on all articles nowadays ? be it Apple or Android ! this trolling has gotten awful.

22. AlikMalix unregistered

No thanks. I prefer nice cars. Got "Car Play" on my 1984 Porsche.

23. ssanders2k7

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

Well that ruined my chance of getting it anytime soon...... One throw away Korean car was a lesson learned for me. Wont be in the market for a new car anyway until the wheels fall off mine, being a diesel that might be a while :p

28. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Meh... I just bought a Pioneer Navi head unit w/ Android Auto. No need for a new car or a car that I don't want... lol

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