This week Google made an important announcement after a couple of years of developing its Android Auto platform. If up until recently Android Auto was available only to some 200 cars (over 50 car maker brands), the platform is now available to any older car, because Android Auto can now run on any smartphone that has Android 5.0 or a newer version, which means one can now have access to directions, music and/or communications straight on their phone, as the device can be now used as an in-car screen for the driver.
The latest Android Auto update allows anyone with such a smartphone to use it as a navigational hub, thanks to its driver friendly interface and no matter if it is connected to a compatible car display, or placed in a car mount on the dashboard.
This update also brings the ability to automatically start the app when the phone is paired with Bluetooth. While you can put your phone in any car mount, please keep an eye out for Bluetooth-supported car mounts such as Logitech’s SmartCar mount, which is coming soon to the Google Store and select retail locations.
We’re also enhancing the support for hands-free voice commands in the coming weeks. You will soon be able to easily access existing features like maps, music and messaging by just saying “Ok Google” so you can stay focused on the road.