You don't even need to have a car to use Google's latest version of Android Auto.
As a recent study revealed, most of the drivers are not entirely satisfied with their built-in navigation systems and many of them are actually using the navigation functions of their phones instead. That’s not a big surprise, as some factory GPS systems are too complicated and require browsing through many menus to find an address and add it as a destination.
Thankfully, there are modern solutions like Google’s Android Auto and Apple Car Play, which offer mirroring functions from mobile phones to the car’s infotainment system. But there are millions of older cars on the road that are not compatible with these applications - many don't have a screen at all. That’s why Google has come up with an update for its system, allowing users to use the app entirely on their phones.
The latest update from the American multinational technology company will allow anyone with Android phone running 5.0 or newer software version to use “a driver friendly interface to access the key stuff you need on the road ― directions, music, communications ― without the distraction of things that aren't essential while driving.”
Basically, this means customers will be able to use Android Auto functions without having a modern car with display, or – even without having a car at all. The updated tech features applications like Spotify, Pandora, or Google Play Music, and hands-free voice commands. Of course, a turn-by-turn navigation commands are also included thanks to Google Maps.
Google explains the update also brings the ability to automatically start the app when the phone is paired with Bluetooth, while enhanced support for hands-free voice commands is coming in the next few weeks.
If you are interested in the built-in version of Android Auto, here’s the full list of vehicles compatible with the system with more models coming soon.