Android Auto

TomTom AmiGO on Android Auto joins growing list of alternative apps

TomTom AmiGO on Android Auto joins growing list of alternative apps

Although Android Auto supported a number of Android apps that were designed for safe hands-free use for driving, that was true only for those that didn't have anything to do with navigation. It was only a few months ago when Google finally opened the doors to third-party navigation, parking, and charging apps and some big names in that market have started to set up shop, like TomTom's Waze-like AmiGO app, no available on Android Auto.

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Android Auto is finally getting the apps drivers really need

Android Auto is finally getting the apps drivers really need

Android Auto looks set to get a whole new batch of apps, with Google opening the door a little wider when it comes to software designed to run on your dashboard. The company is now allowing navigation, parking, and charging apps to publish in the Google Play store, giving the smartphone projection system a much-needed injection of fresh functionality.

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Android gets scheduled Messages, new in-car UI & games, plus password safety checks

Android gets scheduled Messages, new in-car UI & games, plus password safety checks

Android users are getting new messaging, Android Auto, and password management features, along with a new TalkBack screen reader version for the visually-impaired. Beginning to roll out from today, the new updates won't just be limited to Android 12 - which opened up for the developer preview last week - but will work with multiple generations of the OS from the past few years.

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The war for your car’s dashboard got serious – Here’s the new state of play

The war for your car’s dashboard got serious – Here’s the new state of play

For a long time, the most complicated part of the car dashboard was figuring out where to hang your furry dice. These days, though, bigger screens - and more of them - are just the surface glitter on a new age of vehicle tech. The potential for confusion is accelerating, not least as new names wade into car software.

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Ford and Google team on Android in the dashboard and the cloud everywhere else

Ford and Google team on Android in the dashboard and the cloud everywhere else

Ford and Google have inked a deal on connected cars, with new models set to get Android-powered dashboards, while Team Upshift will be a new collaborative group to explore new ways to build, connect, and sell cars, SUVs, and trucks. Meanwhile, the Google Cloud will be Ford's preferred cloud provider - though not its only cloud provider - with implications for owners, dealers, and the automaker as it begins production of new models.

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Free BMW Operating System 7 update adds features over-the-air

Free BMW Operating System 7 update adds features over-the-air

When it comes to sending out updates that add vehicle features and capability over-the-air, Tesla was a major pioneer in the industry. Other automakers are now able to send out updates to their vehicles over-the-air, and BMW has recently made a significant update. BMW has issued an OTA update that supports more than 750,000 vehicles worldwide.

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Android Auto update will make it easier to connect to cars

Android Auto update will make it easier to connect to cars

Few will probably refuse having as many options as they want but most will probably prefer not to be bombarded by them all at once. Getting to the most important task with as few steps as possible is what makes any tool, digital or physical, truly useful. When you're about to hit the road with your new car or new phone (or both), the last thing you want to do is to dig around settings for the one that will connect those two. With the redesign of Android Auto's settings, you won't have to.

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Android 11 finally enables wireless Android Auto for all phones

Android 11 finally enables wireless Android Auto for all phones

We enjoy many conveniences today that don't involve any physical contact or wired connections, from putting our phones near scanners or speaking out our commands or simply just wirelessly charging our devices. These conveniences are particularly useful in cars where drivers need to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Unfortunately, they still have to struggle with USB cables to even use their phones with their Android Auto-enabled car. Fortunately, Android 11 will finally do away with that restriction but with an important requirement.

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Android Auto finally adds more navigation apps, Automotive OS expanding

Android Auto finally adds more navigation apps, Automotive OS expanding

Many owners of Wear OS and Android TV devices complain about being treated like second-class citizens when it comes to Google's platforms but they have nothing when it comes to Android's automotive incarnation. Android Auto has been around for many years and has even branched out to an Android Automotive OS but adoption by carmakers and app developers haven't exactly been that much. Part of that may have to do with the fact that, unlike on regular Android, getting apps on Android Auto has a lot more requirements and red tape to go through. Case in point, after years of being available, it's only now that Android Auto is letting third-party navigation apps in.

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BMW Operating System 7 is its biggest update ever: Here’s what’s new

BMW Operating System 7 is its biggest update ever: Here’s what’s new

BMW is readying its biggest infotainment update so far for imminent release, with broad-ranging changes including new mapping features, wireless Android Auto, and support for Apple's upcoming iPhone Digital Key feature in iOS 14. BMW Operating System 7 will be preloaded on new models from July 2020, starting with the new 5 Series. However many existing owners can expect it too.

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2018 Honda Gold Wing motorcycles are getting an Android Auto update

2018 Honda Gold Wing motorcycles are getting an Android Auto update

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are almost always associated with cars. After all, it's in their very name. They aren't, however, the only driver on wheels that may want a dash of modern mobile technology on their dashboard. Even those on only two wheels may benefit not just from the convenience but also from the safety that something like Android Auto offers and, at long last, Honda is bringing exactly that to the latest fleet of its Gold Wing flagship bikes starting next month.

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Porsche gives classic cars a CarPlay upgrade option

Porsche gives classic cars a CarPlay upgrade option

Porsche is giving its classic car owners an Apple CarPlay upgrade, with a new set of replacement radios bringing 21st century tech to vintage rides. The two Porsche Classic Communication Management (PCCM) head-units are designed to slot into the space where an old FM radio or CD player (or even a tape deck) might have been installed at the factory.

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