Google’s Android department has been quite busy of late. You will now be able to install Android Auto from the Play Store. The UI has been specifically designed for cars and will initially be featured on Pioneer’s select devices in the US. It is worth mentioning that Apple came up with the concept a year ago with its CarPlay. Though it’s good that Android is catching up.
Google first demonstrated the app at the CES 2015. Using Android Auto you will be able to connect your Android 5.0 device to your car’s UI. This means you will be able to give voice commands and make hands-free calls while driving. No more need to take your hands off the wheel for audio control or navigation on Google Maps.
Besides, Android Auto will also enable incoming message reading, messaging and speech to text recognition without using your hands.
Pioneer has marked three of its car systems for introducing Android Auto to the masses. The top two models feature touchscreen and resistive touch display respectively along with an onboard navigation system. The third model will require users to hook onto the Google Maps app on their device as it doesn’t have the navigation software. The company is however launching the new app on different set of devices for other markets including the UK and Australia.
Pioneer was also the “pioneer” in embracing Apple CarPlay by offering it on its NEX series last year. But other multimedia manufacturers and carmakers are also busy working on these new apps. Kenwood has already named its model, DDX9902S and South Korean automaker, Hyundai will be bringing it on its 2015 Sonata.
Android Auto is already available on Google Play Store for download. We will keep you updated as new multimedia brands start embracing the new app from Google’s stable.