You can finally use Android in your car with the Android Auto app for your phone

You can finally use Android in your car with the Android Auto app for your phone
While in-car infotainment systems have improved greatly in the past two or three years (more so than in the preceding decade), it's fair to say that most of them still have a long way to go. This is particularly puzzling, seeing as we all have an insanely powerful solution in our pockets every time we enter a vehicle – our smartphones. Until recently, however, for one reason or another, manufacturers shunned those, relying instead on internal platforms that provided limited channels for communication with your handset. This is now changing, with both car makers and infotainment systems suppliers offering units that are compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car.

Both these platforms are essentially an extension of your smartphone, and serve as a bridge between what's on your handset and what appears on the dash. With Android Auto, you can access Google Now, receive and send messages by using your voice to dictate, listen to music, and use Google Maps for navigation. Unfortunately, the first third-party solutions from Pioneer (and soon, Parrot) have been on the market for a very short time, and until today, they couldn't actually communicate with your smartphone. Why? Because you need the Android Auto app, which Google didn't push to the Play Store until earlier today.

The app in question is what allows your Android handset to talk to your supported dash unit, and it only works on Lollipop devices. So, if you snagged one of Pioneer's Android Auto-enabled units and already have it installed in your car, you can finally make full use of it. If your device shows up as unsupported and ineligible to download the app, you can download it from places like APK Mirror.


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10 Comments

1. Adio_89

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

I wonder, is there a list of Cars that come equipped with one of those Android Car - Ready Infotainment systems right from the assembly? In the Video we clearly see Kia having one of those installed, but I was wondering if by any Chance a Toyota Yaris could come equipped with these on-board systems as well?

2. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

These are the brands that Google felt confident will roll out Android Auto back in June 2014: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Android-Auto-will-be-initially-supported-in-vehicles-from-28-car-brands_id57567 No Toyota there, but things may have changed since.

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

As far as I know, Toyota won't support either Android Auto or Apple Car in the near future, but stick with their own (crappy) system.

9. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

They will, eventually, when their sales will start to drop, because in 5 years the entertainment system in a car will probably be more important than the engine.

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Just wait for someone from the xda community to unlock the app for everyone!

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You could already use Android in the car with the many aftermarket Android sets or just run Appradio Unchained on certain Pioneer radio's.

5. robyla

Posts: 17; Member since: May 10, 2012

Android Auto currently available only for US, UK and Australia, so be patient ;).

7. buccob

Posts: 2974; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

My XSP-N1BT already is sort of like android auto, but Sony's voice commands sucks, otherwise it works great for me... I wish Sony updated App Remote so the experience would be better...

8. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

WTB Standalone? i get the app is cool and i like the idea of being capable of mirroring your device but what if i just want google maps? there's no chance this has a wifi adapter integrated is there? update the car every time you hit up your home wifi or starbucks.. that's my dream right now.

10. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Danger, danger Will Robinson, malware is spreading from your Android device unto your car. Please eject your phone as soon as possible.

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