Android Auto Overview Updated February 13, 2020

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Google’s Android Auto platform isn’t its own operating system. Rather, it is an extension of a connected Android smartphone which can display some apps, entertainment, and mirror messages on a car’s dashboard. The platform was announced in 2014 and received a major redesign in 2019.

Android Auto is designed to help keep driver’s attention on the road rather than their smartphone. The platform limits users to just a handful of apps, primarily those used for media such as Spotify, YouTube Music, and others. Mapping apps are also a core part of the platform with Google Maps and Waze both offering apps.

Users can take advantage of Android Auto in select vehicles that offer integration with the platform. There are over 500 different vehicles that offer Auto support from brands including Ford, Hyundai, Chevrolet, Nissan, Toyota, Subaru, and many others.

Not long after it originally debuted, Google also added an experience for smartphone screens, but that was removed in favor of a new Google Assistant driving mode.

Android Auto is also available on third-party head units for older vehicles that don’t natively offer support. Popular brands include Pioneer, Sony, Alpine, and others.

You can learn more about Google’s platform in our continued coverage below, and read our review of the updated design here.

Android Auto Stories February 13

Google’s Android Auto went through a major redesign last year which has a lot of pros, but one unfortunate casualty was a weather widget on the homescreen. Now, after experimenting with its design a bit, Google is adding a weather icon to Android Auto’s status bar.

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Android Auto Stories January 31

Android Auto 5.0 breaks accept/decline call buttons on steering wheels

Android Auto 5.0 widely rolled out earlier this week with the ability to silence notifications while driving. However, this Android Auto release appears to have also introduced a bug that breaks the accept and decline call buttons on steering wheels.

For a version of the OS that is supposed to minimize distractions, the fact that Android Auto is now only just adding the option to silence notifications seems a bit odd.

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Android Auto Stories January 20

[Update: ‘Not supported’] Android Auto’s support for Google Assistant routines has been broken since 2018

Google Assistant routines are a handy way to automate some tasks, but the feature doesn’t work everywhere. Technically, it’s supposed to work on Android Auto, but Assistant routines have weirdly been broken for over a year on the platform, with no fix in sight.

Android Auto Stories January 13

Android Auto app has been downloaded 100 million times

Five years after its launch, Google’s Android Auto recently passed a milestone. On the Play Store, the Android Auto app has been downloaded 100 million times (via Android Police).

Android Auto Stories January 11

Services like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay help take people off of their phones and keep their eyes close to the road. Now, a concept app called VisibleZone is being used with Android Auto to detect nearby pedestrians as you drive.

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