GM was one of the first automakers to include Android Auto compatibility with its new vehicles, but if you’re driving something older but are still itching to try it out, then we have some good news for you. Android Auto is now available to use using your phone screen, which means all you need is a compatible Android phone now! See below for more information on how you can use the Android Auto App with your phone, no matter what you drive.
What devices are compatible with Android Auto?
To use Android Auto 2.0, you will need to have a phone that is running the Android 5.0 operating system (Lollipop) or a newer one. Previously, Android Auto needed to run through an existing infotainment system, which meant that not only did you need a car that already had a touch screen up front, but also one that was compatible — like a new GM vehicle.
Now, even if you’re driving a car that barely has a working CD player, you can use Android Auto from your phone. Those with Bluetooth audio will also be able to set up their phone to switch over to the Android Auto app when it connects to your car.
What does Android Auto 2.0 do?
So what is the big deal with this Android Auto app? What does it do and how does it benefit people? Basically, The Android Auto app makes it easier for you to access a select few apps that are useful to you while driving. This includes things like Google Maps for navigation, making calls, controlling music, etc… Android Auto is compatible with many popular apps (even podcast apps like Pocket Casts) and Google has said that the app will soon offer voice controls through its Ok Google platform. (12-16-2016 UPDATE: Ok Google now works on the Android Auto app)
It’s always interesting for us to see how tech and the automotive world continue to grow together. If you’re thinking about using the new Android Auto app, we do recommend that you pick up a mount so that you can keep both hands on the wheel.