Google launches Android Auto app

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Google has launched Android Auto, a dedicated app that allows users to connect their smartphone to compatible in car head units and infotainment systems.

The app, which is available on devices running Android 5.0 and above, enables easy use of the likes of Google Maps, Google Play Music and a whole host of other apps to give users a hands free in car Android experience. Users can also use Android Auto via steering wheel controls and it also supports Google Now, so it can used with voice commands too.

Whilst it makes sense for Google to make its Android OS available to the auto industry, the truth is that very few of us are actually going to be able to use Android Auto, at least not for the time being.

The app, which is can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, is currently only compatible with certain Pioneer head units, which are currently only on sale in the UK and US.

When Android Auto was first announced back in 2014, Google said at the time that cars would be rolling off the assembly lines with the built in Android system by 2015.

However, despite Google’s partnerships with a multitude of car manufacturers via the Open Automotive Alliance, we’re still waiting for the day when new cars will be shipped with Android Auto.

That said, the launch of the new app is at least a start and as well as offering support for Google’s native apps, Android Auto also supports app such as Skype, Spotify and TuneIn.

Related: Android Auto – announcement from June 2014

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