Google’s Android Auto app has received it’s first massive overhaul in a long time. It’s now compatible with many new car models, and it’s hosting more features now. If you’re keen to know if you’re vehicle is compatible and what the new update consists of, you’re in for an exciting ride.
The first significant change is the UI layout, which many people have been waiting for. The map is still on of the largest panels, giving you directions as you drive. You now have two extra sections; one for your messages and another for the music volume.
Of course, Android Auto only works in vehicles with a central display that works with software. You’ll need a USB flash drive plugged into the display so that it can connect to your phone. In this way, your messages and music will appear on the car’s screen.
Another update is that you’ll have access to more Google Play apps right in your car. Google is till workiing on integrating WhatsApp, Waze maps, and YouTube. To ensure your safety, it’s making the videos only play when your vehicle is at a stand still. That’s how innovative the technology is.
But how do you know if your vehicle is compatible with Android Auto? There’s a compatilibility page you can visit to see if your car will work with it. Simply search for the brand name and then check if your model is there. If it is and it’s not working, there’s a good chance it’s not available in your location as yet.
I’m sitting with a Renault Clio 2015 model that doesn’t have a central display, so that counts me out. WHen looking at the Renault list, it looks like my Clio missed out on two years. Android Auto works with the 2017 model. So close, yet, so far.