The smartphone superpowers’ plans to make your car the next great tech battleground sounded great, save for the fact you needed either a compatible car or an expensive head unit.
Now Google has done what it should have from the get-go by bringing the Android Auto experience directly to the phone, enabling it to work in any car.
The update for Android phones running version 5.0 and up displays an Android Auto interface showing directions, music, communications and weather.
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Now all users need to make the most of their smartphone, sans the distractions of diving in and out of apps, is a dashboard mount.
The new version of Android Auto (2.0) also offers the ability to start the app as soon as it detects your car’s Bluetooth connection.
In a post on the Google blog today, the company wrote: “Android Auto brings your favorite apps and services into one place, making them accessible in safer and seamless ways.
“You can bring your music with you with apps like Spotify, Pandora or Google Play Music, and make calls or send messages with hands-free voice commands. And of course, get turn-by-turn directions to your next destination with Google Maps.”
Google is asking interest parties to sign up via the Android Auto website for news on when it’ll be available on specific handsets.
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