Android Auto - Google Maps, Media & Messaging review
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Android Auto - Google Maps, Media & Messaging Review
Android Auto is a proprietary Google Android application designed to make your interactions with a smartphone much safer while on the road. The app features a specialized interface and multiple integrations with third-party services to make your experience more flexible and adjustable. You can download the app on Google Play exclusively for Android. It’s also pre-installed on many Android smartphones.
Best Driving Assistant – 5/5
Android Auto is an excellent middleman between your car’s display and your smartphone. The app allows you to control a variety of proprietary and third-party applications that can be potentially helpful on the road. The app lets you use adapted navigation, voice assistant, calls and messages, social networks, music apps, audiobooks, and more without or with minimal need to look at the display.
One-Tap Controls – 5/5
When you launch the Android Auto app, the interface of your device changes to become less cluttered and much safer for driving. The in-car display interface is also adapted for landscape orientation and has bigger buttons to make navigation easier. You can access your favorite applications in 1-2 taps independently from the current location. All the compatible third-party services also offer alternative interfaces for driving so that you can keep streaming on your way home from the office.
Safety First – 5/5
Android Auto definitely makes car infotainment much more straightforward and safe. The developer managed to create the fastest UI possible and reduce the eye-contact of the driver with the display to a minimum. If the traffic is too intensive, you can also interact with your device using voice controls built-into Google Assistant. Besides, you don’t have to touch the smartphone at all while using the app.
One & Only – 4/5
Given that Apple and Google compete, the range of compatible cars is different for their apps, and they can be used only on proprietary devices. The latest version of Android Auto is compatible with over 300 car models by over 50 manufacturers, including the most popular brands, such as Mercedes, Toyota, Kia, Lexus, Nissan, Chrysler, Ford, and many more.
Even though Android Auto is the only option for car infotainment systems that you can use on your Android device, it offers a wide range of capabilities. The app is focused on safety and usability so that you can get the most out of your Android smartphone while driving almost without looking at the display.
- Responsive voice controls
- Plug-and-drive connection
- Compatible with over 300 car models (the number grows monthly).
- Not all apps support Android Auto interface.