The Apple vs Android battle has been going on for a few years now… and the battle may be turning into a war – as Google unleashes its plans for dashboard domination. Before the end of the year, we will see the Android infotainment system in Audi, General Motors, Honda, and Hyundai vehicles. The official name for this new system – Android Auto.
Of course there is a catch, you have to have an Android smartphone for the system to work. Well, this is great news for Android users, but not so great for iPhone users – who will have to wait for CarPlay.
So, how does this system work?
Android Auto users will plug a phone into the dashboard, then pair the device with Android Auto via Bluetooth. Once that’s done, the car’s center tack essentially becomes a second screen for the phone. If you have an Android device, or even if you use Google Chrome as your web browser, you’ll find some familiar offerings among Android Auto’s feature set.
Google Maps will be used for navigation.
You will have a Concierge that you can ask about operating hours for restaurants and other key information.
You’ll be able to browse through and play all of your music.
Android Auto will tell you when you receive a text message, and even read it aloud to you.
And if you use other Google services – calendar, email, hangouts – Android Auto will integrate those into your vehicle for you as well.
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