You no longer have to buy a new and compatible vehicle to take advantage of Android Auto.
Android Auto was launched two years ago with more than 40 automotive companies partners and there are now more than 200 new car models supporting the app — but that leaves out a whole lot of drivers. That ends today.
Google has announced the driving app — which is a version of its popular operating system to help keep people safe while on the road — is now available to anyone with an Android phone running 5.0 or later.
Android Auto is an interface you can use to access what you need while behind the wheel ― such as directions, music, communications ― effectively eliminating distractions.
“Whether your phone is connected to a compatible car display, or placed in a car mount on the dashboard, Android Auto brings your favorite apps and services into one place, making them accessible in safer and seamless ways,” Android Auto product manager Gerhard Schobbe said in a blog post. “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.”
The updated app can be started up automatically when the phone is paired with Bluetooth. Google said it is also ramping up support for hands-free voice commands in the coming weeks. This means, you will be able to access the features of you choice by saying “Ok Google.”
The latest version of Android Auto will be rolling out in the coming days to more than 30 countries where the app is already available.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.