Android Auto

YoutubeAuto for Android Auto brings YouTube, even Plex to your car

YoutubeAuto for Android Auto brings YouTube, even Plex to your car

While Google has recently brought interesting new features to Android Auto, like Google Assistant and wireless pairing, there are still some things it refuses to add, more for safety than anything. Of course, that’s not going to stop some very enterprising app developers, especially those with access to an unofficial Android Auto SDK. Take for example this all too obvious YoutubeAuto app, which, funnily enough, adds more than just YouTube to your Android Auto enabled vehicle.

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JVC KENWOOD Wireless Android Auto receivers coming

JVC KENWOOD Wireless Android Auto receivers coming

Google Assistant is everywhere at CES 2018, including inside cars. Google has announced that its AI-powered personal assistant is now available on the automobile incarnation of Android. This has encouraged partners, particularly multimedia receiver makers like JVC KENWOOD to wholeheartedly embrace Android Auto in their lineup this year. Especially since Android Auto now also supports a much awaited feature: wireless connection with smartphones.

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Google Assistant displays, Android Auto, speakers headline CES 2018

Google Assistant displays, Android Auto, speakers headline CES 2018

CES isn’t usually Google’s time to grab the spotlight but this year, it’s making its presence felt in a rather new way. No, there’s no new Google product or device being announced. Instead, there are dozens of new ones. Confused? You probably will be once you take a load of all the new speakers, headphones, smart displays, and in-car audio systems debuting at CES 2018. Despite hailing from different brands and coming in different forms, they all have one thing in common. They all have Google Assistant inside.

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Plex users can now stream music with Android Auto

Plex users can now stream music with Android Auto

Android Auto users now have another music streaming app option: Plex. The app can be used by Plex users to stream music from the user's personal music library, giving them in-car access to their favorite albums directly from their own media center. This differs from the other music apps available through Android Auto, such as Pandora, which streams music from the service itself.

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BBC iPlayer Radio app gains Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support

BBC iPlayer Radio app gains Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support

In an effort to get people to leave their smartphones alone while driving and reduce distractions, many car infotainment systems now support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Those two infotainment systems allow drivers to use some apps like music and navigation offerings on the screen of their infotainment system instead of the smartphone. Fans of the BBC iPlayer app will be glad to hear that a new version of the app is out and it specifically supports Android Auto and CarPlay.

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Sony XAV-AX200 car audio system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support

Sony XAV-AX200 car audio system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support

The focus these days on self-driving smart cars and built-in Apple CarPlay or Android Auto may seem to make more focused and dedicated in-car audio systems obsolete. Sony’s latest announcement reminds car owners and lovers that there’s always room for both. In particular, the new XAV-AX200 receiver supports both infotainment platforms, just like its predecessor, the XAV-AX100 pictured above. Sony, however, also throws in a feature that may sound old school by now: a DVD player.

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Waze Android Auto hands-on: The reason for Android-in-the-car

Waze Android Auto hands-on: The reason for Android-in-the-car

Ask any Android Auto user what app they've been most eagerly awaiting, and the answer will probably be Waze. Sure, Google Maps is one of the best navigation apps around, but for the true road warrior there's no replacing its speeding ticket-saving cousin. The good news is that Waze for Android Auto is here, and I've been testing it out to see if it was worth the wait.

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Waze finally arrives on Android Auto (but it’s in beta)

Waze finally arrives on Android Auto (but it’s in beta)

As odd as it sounds, Waze has long been one of the apps not available on Android Auto, the automotive rendition of Android. That was odd, considering that Waze is both a Google app and a transportation app, but times are changing and the product is now finally available in cars. The availability comes in the form of a private beta, however, and there are select vehicles that don't yet have support for the app.

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Ford is updating 2016 SYNC 3 cars with CarPlay and Android Auto

Ford is updating 2016 SYNC 3 cars with CarPlay and Android Auto

Ford is rolling out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its earlier SYNC 3 cars, with a hotly-anticipated update for its model year 2016 vehicles. SYNC 3 version 2.2 will be available both via a dealer-installed update and via a DIY method, with owners able to load the new software onto a USB stick themselves. However, for the first time, Ford will also offer an over-the-air update as a third option, part of its shift to bring some smartphone-style thinking to its infotainment platforms.

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Pioneer 2017 NEX in-dash receivers turn any car into a smartphone

Pioneer 2017 NEX in-dash receivers turn any car into a smartphone

Not everyone needs a hi-tech, and expensive, "smart" car, but almost no one will deny the entertainment and navigation benefits that come with our smartphones. For some car owners, especially those with older models, an upgrade just isn't possible. Thankfully, Pioneer has a new batch of NEX in-dash DIN multimedia receivers that can give any car, even older ones, a taste of the future.

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Cadillac’s next-gen CUE gets Tesla-style updates, new UI

Cadillac’s next-gen CUE gets Tesla-style updates, new UI

Ask Cadillac drivers the one thing they wish the luxury car company would update, and you'll probably hear "the CUE infotainment system" most often. CUE, the touchscreen multimedia and navigation software found in cars like the CT6 and XT5, certainly wasn't lacking in ambition, but neither has it been called the most user-friendly system. Now, that's all set to change with a brand new version.

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Learning to love Apple CarPlay

Learning to love Apple CarPlay

If Apple is truly working on a car, as all the rumors suggest, then CarPlay is the visible tip of that iceberg. While I appreciated Apple's aim of distilling the familiar essentials from your iPhone in a way that was both safe and convenient while you're driving, it's taken me some time to appreciate what the fairly barebones interface has to offer. Still, it's more of a Stockholm syndrome relationship than I'd care to admit: I'm warming to CarPlay primarily because most in-car systems are so bad.

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