Why Android Auto features?
Using smartphones while driving for communication, entertainment, even for navigation distracts you and may even lead to major accidents. Therefore Apple & Google introduced Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features in which you can access your phone on the car’s inbuilt infotainment system. But what differentiates it from your Android phone? What features does it bring you? Here is what you should know.
Android auto boasts about more than 400 car models being compatible with it. It has got a similar shape of Apple CarPlay with a bit of android phone’s functionality. You may message, listen to a song or even get directions to a place from where you are by just dictating your phone what you want.
Android compatible cars come with compatible knobs and voice controls. So that you don’t have to gaze in your phone and keep your hand busy with it. For example, if you want to start navigation, press and hold the voice controls on the steering wheel or you may simply say “OK Google”
We all know that Android Auto is from Google. So it has google maps on it which has a huge database of locations compared to Apple maps and it further gives you the fastest route as well as the real time traffic alerts. What is important to note is that Android Auto is not limited only to Google maps, it has also given you a chance for you to have a third party map like Waze which is popular these days.
You can command Google Assistant to dial a contact in your phone book on your behalf. And the conversation will happen through your car’s speakers. Therefore the calling experience in your car is smarter with Android Auto as it does not distract you from focusing on the road.
Android Auto takes the course of reading, replying and composing texts for you. All you need to do is, just dictate and say the message you want to be typed or read.
This can be used either by bluetooth or via a lightning cable plugged into the infotainment system. But most of the car’s for now are not supported in an untethered way.
- Voice control availability with Google Assistant
- Big icons for easy touch
- Turn to turn navigation
- Real time phone calls and messages
- Music and audio playback
- Ability to customize the app menu
These features are really helpful for the drivers for their safety. Because they do not have to touch the phone or look at the phone while driving and on the other hand they do not miss their real time updates on phone.
If you do not have Android Auto, yet you can experience the the Android Auto experience with the InCar Android Auto simulator app.
Also there are some Android Auto hacks to customize the compatible app list and enhance the existing features. Read everything about Android Auto, news, hacks, tips and many more on carplayhacks blog.