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Over 400 cars and aftermarket stereo units have Android Auto

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Android Auto was announced at Google I/O 2014, but it didn't start showing up on cars until the following year. Like Apple's CarPlay technology that was announced the same year, Android Auto is designed to use your smartphone as the 'brains' for your car's head unit. No more outdated and ugly head unit interfaces; just Google Maps and whatever other Auto-compatible apps you have installed.

According to the Auto page on Android's website, there are now "over 400 compatible car and aftermarket stereo models available right now" with Auto.

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Over 400 cars and aftermarket stereo units have Android Auto was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

BBC iPlayer Radio app updated to support Android Auto [APK Download]

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

If you've ever sampled the BBC's excellent radio output, there's one app you really need in your life: BBC iPlayer Radio. It's a one-stop shop for all BBC radio shows, from sport to comedy to current affairs, and while the app may have its quirks, it's still a mostly good experience on Android.

The latest update to the app includes support for Google's in-car OS Android Auto (as well as Apple CarPlay), so you can more easily and safely listen to your favorite shows while you're behind the wheel.

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BBC iPlayer Radio app updated to support Android Auto [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto hits 14 new FCA (Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, RAM) vehicles for 2017 and 2018 model years

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system isn't bad, but if you asked me whether I'd rather use it or Android Auto with proper integration, I'd take Google's solution any day. If you, too, prefer Android Auto and have been in the market for an FCA product, you're in luck - 14 new cars across five of the association's brands now support it.

Without further ado, here's the list:

  • Abarth
    • 2017+ 595
    • 2017+ 695
  • Chrysler
    • 2018+ Pacifica
  • Dodge
    • 2018+ Durango
  • Fiat
    • 2017+ 500
    • 2017+ 500L
    • 2017+ Argo
    • 2017+ Tipo
  • Jeep
    • 2018+ Grand Cherokee
    • 2018+ Wrangler
  • RAM
    • 2018+ 1500
    • 2018+ 2500
    • 2018+ 3500
    • 2018+ Chassis Cab

This means that you can now have Android Auto in everything from the little city runabout that is the Fiat 500 to the 707hp monster SUV that is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

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Android Auto hits 14 new FCA (Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, RAM) vehicles for 2017 and 2018 model years was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto support arrives in Plex [APK Download]

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Plex is a popular option for streaming your media collection across your network (or the internet), including music. Just like with video files, you can store all your music on a centralized server (or a cloud storage service with Plex Cloud), and stream it to any device at any time. If you've switched over to Plex for your music playback needs, like me, you'll be happy to know that the app now supports Android Auto.

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Android Auto support arrives in Plex [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto is now supported on six Mercedes-Benz 2018 C-Class and GLC-Class cars

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

High-quality leather, wood, and metal just aren't enough anymore. A premium automobile cabin requires some modern technology to go along with all those deluxe materials, and car manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz understand that. Since the German automaker joined the Open Automotive Alliance in April 2016, it's gradually grown its fleet of passenger vehicles supporting Android Auto. Now with the addition of six compatible 2018 C-Class and GLC-Class models, Mercedes-Benz has a grand total of 24 cars capable of displaying Android on dashboard screens.

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Android Auto is now supported on six Mercedes-Benz 2018 C-Class and GLC-Class cars was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google may be putting together an emulator for Android Automotive in the Android SDK

Friday, October 6th, 2017

You might remember our intermittent coverage of Android Automotive — not to be confused with the near-identically named Android Auto. The (really) short version is that Android Automotive is a full Android implementation in a car, rather than just a dumb projection of your phone. And, according to the folks at XDA, Google might be building an emulator for it in the Android SDK.

Google has been rather quiet on the subject of Android Automotive, but we think it's an exciting idea overall, as it could significantly expand the things your next car might do.

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Google may be putting together an emulator for Android Automotive in the Android SDK was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

VLC stable sees first major update in a year (v2.5) including an improved UI, search changes, support for Android Auto and PiP

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Popular media player VLC just updated the stable branch of its Android app to 2.5, and it's one of the biggest updates in recent memory. This latest update has a dynamic new UI that better fits with Material Design guidelines, PiP mode, Android Auto support, 360-degree video support, and search improvements (including Google search integration), among a ton of other smaller features. As the first major release in over a year, we've been looking forward to it for quite a while. 

For the long version, you can read the notes from VLC Android developer Geoffrey Métais.

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VLC stable sees first major update in a year (v2.5) including an improved UI, search changes, support for Android Auto and PiP was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

VLC stable sees first major update in a year (v2.5) including an improved UI, search changes, support for Android Auto and PiP

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Popular media player VLC just updated the stable branch of its Android app to 2.5, and it's one of the biggest updates in recent memory. This latest update has a dynamic new UI that better fits with Material Design guidelines, PiP mode, Android Auto support, 360-degree video support, and search improvements (including Google search integration), among a ton of other smaller features. As the first major release in over a year, we've been looking forward to it for quite a while. 

For the long version, you can read the notes from VLC Android developer Geoffrey Métais.

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VLC stable sees first major update in a year (v2.5) including an improved UI, search changes, support for Android Auto and PiP was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Tata Motors, India’s largest auto manufacturer, launches its first Android Auto vehicle

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Android Auto continues to arrive in more vehicles, this time in India via Tata Motors. According to Google, the 2017 Tata Nexon is now part of the growing repertoire of Auto-compatible... autos.

Being India's largest car manufacturer, Tata is an interesting case study from a business standpoint (I actually had to do one on this company) — and it makes some nice-looking vehicles to boot. Seeing such a large player in that part of the world with Android Auto is good news for the platform, even though it seems to have stagnated recently.

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Tata Motors, India's largest auto manufacturer, launches its first Android Auto vehicle was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

“OK Google, send a Google Voice message” command is coming soon to help those with Google Voice numbers

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Some of you exclusively use their Google Voice (GV) numbers, some have differentiated between friends and colleagues by giving their regular number and GV number separately to each set of contacts, and some might use the GV number occasionally for a few contacts only. Regardless of your case, sending texts from that GV number has been pretty hit-and-miss when it comes to Android Auto, Android Wear, and Assistant. But that should be fixed soon.

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"OK Google, send a Google Voice message" command is coming soon to help those with Google Voice numbers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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