Android Auto

GM just gave Android Automotive OS its biggest partner yet

GM just gave Android Automotive OS its biggest partner yet

Google has another car win under its belt, with General Motors announcing that it plans to move its infotainment system to Android Automotive OS. The deal will see GM-brand cars switch to the embedded Android system from 2021, one of the biggest names to adopt the system.

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Sony’s new CarPlay and Android Auto head-unit has a huge 9″ pop-out display

Sony’s new CarPlay and Android Auto head-unit has a huge 9″ pop-out display

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both getting a big update this year, but if your current car lacks support for either then it's Sony's new supersized touchscreen head-unit that might be more appealing. The new Sony XAV-AX8000 Media Receiver is designed to slot into a single-DIN space on your dashboard, but unfurl, Transformers-style, into something a lot more impressive.

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This is why you want the new Android Auto: Walkthrough

This is why you want the new Android Auto: Walkthrough

Android Auto is getting its biggest revamp since the phone-powered infotainment platform launched five years ago, and it's all about making interactions speedier and safer. I've been testing the new system out, and the good news is that the refreshed Android Auto might well be enough to keep you from being too jealous of new cars running Android Automotive OS.

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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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