Android Auto

Android Auto gets dark mode, new nav bar and better notifications

Android Auto gets dark mode, new nav bar and better notifications

Android Auto is getting a makeover, with Google's phone-based infotainment platform promising swifter navigation and better use of increasingly large dashboard displays. Previewing the new version just ahead of its big I/O 2019 keynote, Google's updated interface also adds a dark theme for better visibility.

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Android Automotive OS hands on: Polestar 2 spills its secrets

Android Automotive OS hands on: Polestar 2 spills its secrets

A dashboard revolution is coming, and it's an upstart electric car-maker few drivers have heard of - yet - looking to upend the industry, with a judicious sprinkling of Android along for the ride. Polestar may not be a household name today, but it's riding the bleeding edge of Android Automotive OS. The Polestar 2 isn't expected to hit roads until 2020, but I had a chance for some early time with the Google-powered EV.

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Google and Polestar give apps the keys to the Android dashboard

Google and Polestar give apps the keys to the Android dashboard

Google is opening up Android Automotive OS, the dashboard-centric version of its mobile platform which will launch first on the Polestar 2 EV, to third-party media apps. Set to go live at Google I/O 2019, the company's annual developer event being held next week, the new dev tools are the first of a number of ways Google plans to bring new apps to infotainment systems.

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YouTube Music finally gets Android Auto support in latest update

YouTube Music finally gets Android Auto support in latest update

YouTube Music is finally getting support for Android Auto, joining Google Music and other audio apps already supported by the platform. With this addition, Android Auto users are able to directly access their YouTube Music content via the platform's interface using a couple taps. When launched, the YouTube Music inclusion offers recommended content, downloads, and more.

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Toyota Android Auto support finally arrives on these models

Toyota Android Auto support finally arrives on these models

It's taken a bizarrely long length of time, but Toyota is finally adding Android Auto to its cars and trucks - assuming you have the right model, that is. The automaker made the quiet announcement alongside the far more brash reveal of the 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro at the Chicago Auto Show today, with the new utility being among the first to feature Google's smartphone projection interface.

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Sony XAV-AX7000 car receiver flaunts a fancier, more ergonomic look

Sony XAV-AX7000 car receiver flaunts a fancier, more ergonomic look

Cars are getting smarter but most of them require you to actually buy a new car. Not so, says Sony. All you really need is its new XAV-AX7000 CAR AV Receiver, presuming you can install a new head unit into your car, and you can pretty much get thee basic conveniences of having your smartphone displayed on your dash. And better yet, it’s good looking as well and even has a dedicated button for your voice assistant needs.

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Android Auto update delivers new messaging and media features

Android Auto update delivers new messaging and media features

Today, Google announced a new update to Android Auto that has a couple of changes centered around making things easier. First and foremost, the company has improved Android Auto's content search and browsing capabilities in a number of different apps. Those that are getting in on the ground floor are apps like Google Play Books, iHeartRadio, Google Play Music, Spotify, and Pocket Casts, though more apps will be getting this functionality in the future.

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2014 and up Mazda CarPlay and Android Auto retrofit hardware costs $199

2014 and up Mazda CarPlay and Android Auto retrofit hardware costs $199

Mazda has announced that it has rolled out extended support for smartphone integration on some of its older model cars and SUVs. Mazda has a dealer added an accessory that will bring support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to some Mazda vehicles going all the way back to 2014 model year. The vehicles have to be fitted with the Mazda Connect infotainment system.

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Mazda CarPlay and Android Auto upgrade is how it should be done

Mazda CarPlay and Android Auto upgrade is how it should be done

Mazda has begun offering its long-anticipated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto upgrade for existing cars, offering drivers a straightforward way to bring the smartphone projection tech into their current vehicle. While the automaker began offering both Apple and Google's systems in its most recent models earlier this year, it also bucked auto industry trends by promising an upgrade route that didn't involve buying a whole new car.

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Jaguar Land Rover Apple CarPlay and Android Auto finally added

Jaguar Land Rover Apple CarPlay and Android Auto finally added

Jaguar Land Rover is adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support to its dashboards, starting with the 2019 I-PACE EV but also offering the smartphone interfaces across various other models. The news addresses one of the lingering frustrations among Land Rover, Range Rover, and Jaguar drivers, though they'll have to buy a new car in order to get the updated infotainment.

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Jaguar to put CarPlay and Android Auto in new and existing vehicles

Jaguar to put CarPlay and Android Auto in new and existing vehicles

There are a lot of features on modern cars you don't think you need until you have them. Things like power windows and locks or fancy infotainment systems with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Once you have those features it’s hard to live without them. Jaguar has announced that it will start offering both CarPlay and Android Auto in its new and existing vehicles in the US.

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Toyota Android Auto support is reportedly a done deal

Toyota Android Auto support is reportedly a done deal

Toyota is finally adding Android Auto support to its dashboards, with sources claiming a deal has been struck between Google and the Japanese automaker. The car company has been one of the more resistant firms to the idea of allowing smartphone-makers to colonize their infotainment touchscreen, only agreeing to Apple CarPlay support back in January of this year.

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