After completing a year of its global launch, Google’s Android Auto has finally come to India, along with 17 other countries. The in-car infotainment platform is now available in 29 countries with the latest launch, Android users in these countries will able to access the software like others.
Many people don’t know what Android Auto is all about; it is a version of the renowned smartphone operating system having some tweaks to suit the cars aiming to make the usage of phone in cars more redundant. In the car supporting Android Auto, the driver can easily control music, take or make calls, respond to the incoming messages and navigate on the go without touching the phone.
Several car brands Hyundai, Audi, Honda have compatibility with the tweaked app from the search giant as well as manufactures like Chevrolet, Kenwood had also launched system tuned with the app. For using the infotainment system in your car you need to have an Android phone running Android Lollipop 5.0 or higher, download the free Android Auto app from the Play Store on the smartphone or tablet and plug it into the infotainment system of the car.
Google has also updated Android Auto to v1.6 bringing some new features. Last year, Mahindra & Mahindra planned to bring Android Auto in their vehicles and will be available in the company’s sports utility vehicles, XUV 500 and Scorpio as well as on the future platforms. The country-specific rollout boasts several features, which leads an increase of adoption by the local and international vehicle manufacturers of in-dash infotainment systems and cars.
If you want to upgrade the infotainment system in your car, then presently companies like Pioneer and Kenwood are offering system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in India.