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Google Podcasts app gets support for Apple’s CarPlay

Google Podcasts app gets support for Apple’s CarPlay

Google Podcasts, the company's audio show app that has steadily evolved from a barebones offering to something more sophisticated, has finally added support for Apple's CarPlay automotive platform. With this support, iPhone owners can use the Google Podcasts app to stream their favorite shows in their vehicle using CarPlay, making it a bit more useful for those who often listen to content while driving.

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Polestar 2 will lack Apple CarPlay at EV’s launch [Updated]

Polestar 2 will lack Apple CarPlay at EV’s launch [Updated]

The fast-approaching Polestar 2 EV may be the first production car to use Android Automotive OS, but that means iPhone owners will be left out in the cold at first if they want full access to Apple's in-car system. Priced up for its US release last week, the Polestar 2 takes on Tesla's Model 3 in the midrange all-electric category - and, at least initially, will come with one of the same problems.

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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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Research shows Apple Carplay, Android Auto can impair drivers to dangerous levels

Research shows Apple Carplay, Android Auto can impair drivers to dangerous levels

A new simulator research study conducted by IAM RoadSmart has found that interacting with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay can impair driving performance to potentially dangerous levels. The study results show that the latest in-vehicle infotainment systems impaired driver reaction times behind the wheel more than alcohol and cannabis use. According to the researchers, reaction times at motorway speeds increased average stopping distances between four and five car lengths.

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BMW CarPlay integration now offered for free after backlash

BMW CarPlay integration now offered for free after backlash

New cad models these days are almost expected to have one form of integration with mobile ecosystems or another. That means either letting users hook up to a manufacturer's proprietary system or directly integrating Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Just because it's expected doesn't mean it has to come for free, which is the rather unpopular position BMW made a few months back. Now it's making a U-turn and will not charge owners of 2019 and 2020 models $80 a year just to use CarPlay in their cars.

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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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Apple CarPlay could be iOS 13’s most important update

Apple CarPlay could be iOS 13’s most important update

Apple CarPlay will get some huge changes in iOS 13, and while the new iPhone software has a number of improvements, it's the driving software that may be most important. 90-percent of new cars sold in the US now support CarPlay, a dashboard-specific interface that offers a safer, cleaner UI for drivers.

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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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iOS 12.1.3 fixes major Messages, CarPlay, HomePod headaches

iOS 12.1.3 fixes major Messages, CarPlay, HomePod headaches

Apple has just rolled out version 12.1.3 of iOS and while the numbering does suggest it’s just a maintenance update, it’s one that many users might want to apply ASAP. No, it doesn’t add any new feature or activates a hidden one. Instead, it fixes bugs users have been experiencing across almost all of Apple’s products except Macs that have been giving them no small amount of heartache in the past weeks since iOS 12.1.2.

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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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Waze for Apple CarPlay released with easy reporting

Waze for Apple CarPlay released with easy reporting

Waze for Apple CarPlay has arrived, bringing one of the most frequently requested navigation apps to the iPhone's car infotainment system. The update follows Apple's softening of the limits around third-party apps and CarPlay, which until recently had seen only the Cupertino company's own Apple Maps available for use.

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