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Toyota reportedly agrees to support Android Auto

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Toyota is one of the few car major manufacturers that have refused to add support for Android Auto, along with BMW, MINI, and Lexus. However, that might finally be changing. According to Bloomberg, Toyota has reached an agreement with Google that may be officially announced as soon as October.

Toyota has reportedly agreed to include Android Auto in its vehicles, after the company announced support for Apple CarPlay in January. It's not clear at this time which vehicles will have Android Auto, or which (if any) existing models will receive a software update enabling the feature.

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Toyota reportedly agrees to support Android Auto was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chris is a hands-free digital assistant for drivers, with voice and gesture controls

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

IFA 2018 may be over, but there are still some interesting tidbits of news worth mentioning. One of the stands we visited briefly in Berlin last week was that of German Autolabs to see an interesting new product. It may resemble a Nest Thermostat, but Chris is actually a digital assistant for your car.

The company who makes it likes to think of it as an Alexa-type device that you can use while driving, and it's easy to see why.

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Chris is a hands-free digital assistant for drivers, with voice and gesture controls was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto comes to South Korea with support for popular local apps

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

South Korea has been added to the official list of territories where Android Auto is supported, bringing the total number of countries with full access to the platform to 32. Android Auto Wireless is still only available in the US, Canada, and Mexico, though, so South Koreans will have to connect with a USB cable.

The platform supports several apps popular in the region, like navigation app Kakaonavi and media apps such as Genie Music — handy, since Google Maps support is spotty in the country and Spotify and Google Play Music are unavailable.

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Android Auto comes to South Korea with support for popular local apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto now available on more Alfa Romeo and Volvo cars, coming soon to Dacia

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Android Auto is already supported on a wide variety of vehicles, but its spread will continue to grow so long as new cars are released. With this latest update to its site, Google's in-car system is now compatible with six new cars: two Alfa Romeos, three Volvos, and one Nissan (and two Nissan navigation systems). It's also coming soon to Dacia.

Here's the list:

  • Alfa Romeo
    • 2018+ Giulia
    • 2018+ Stelvio
  • Nissan
    • 2018+ Kicks
    • MM518D-L
    • MM518D-W
  • Volvo
    • 2019+ S60
    • 2019+ V60
    • 2018+ XC40

We already knew that the Giulia and Stelvio would be receiving Android Auto since they were previously stated as "coming soon" on the site, and they finally have.

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Android Auto now available on more Alfa Romeo and Volvo cars, coming soon to Dacia was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pioneer releases a pair of new Android Auto head units with wireless support

Friday, May 25th, 2018

A lot of cars come with Android Auto these days, but you may actually get more features if you have an older car and add in an aftermarket head unit. Pioneer has launched two new AV receivers with Android Auto support. They aren't cheap, but that's par for the course.

Pioneer has actually launcher three new head units today: the AVIC-W8400NEX, AVIC-W6400NEX, and AVH-W4400NEX. Only the 4400 and 8400 have Android Auto—the other only works with Apple CarPlay.

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Pioneer releases a pair of new Android Auto head units with wireless support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] JVC Android Auto head unit (KW-M730BT) hits all-time low price of $280 ($400 MSRP)

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Getting Android Auto in a vehicle that doesn't already have it can be a pricey proposition. Some head units can cost upward of $1,000, and then you have to pay to get them installed. There's a good deal today, though. You can get the JVC KW-M730BT for just $280. That's the lowest price we've seen so far.

This head unit fits in vehicles that have a standard double-DIN dash system. Keep in mind, that's not especially common in new vehicles.

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[Deal Alert] JVC Android Auto head unit (KW-M730BT) hits all-time low price of $280 ($400 MSRP) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto wishlist: Five things Google’s infotainment system is still missing

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Google unveiled Android Auto way back at I/O in 2014, but it didn't reach vehicles until May of 2015 when Hyundai added it to the Sonata. If you looked at Android Auto from 2015 and compared it to the current version, you'd see precious few differences. Google has been slow to improve Auto, but at least we got wireless projection. That tells us Google is still working on Android Auto, but it's still missing some features we've wanted ever since we got our first glimpse at Google's infotainment platform.

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Android Auto wishlist: Five things Google's infotainment system is still missing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto lists five new aftermarket hardware partners

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

A few new certified hardware partners have appeared on the Android Auto website. All five new additions are aftermarket manufacturers—they make units that are installed after vehicles are purchased.

ASUS-owned UniMax announced its certification last month, but only recently appeared on Android Auto's site. Its listing there says Android Auto is compatible with stereo model F2-AVX7MX, but we weren't able to find that model number anywhere else.

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Android Auto lists five new aftermarket hardware partners was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto v3.1 prepares to show message previews and HD graphics [APK Teardown]

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Android Auto has been making a lot of news lately with preparations for wireless projection support and recently enabling users to unlock a phone while it's connected to the car. The latest version began rolling out earlier today, and it's coming with a few smaller changes already live, plus a few clues about settings that may become available to us in the future.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • System information available by tapping on version number
  • Developer mode now shows values for multi-select settings

System info

 

If you ever run into an issue with some software, developers will often ask about some system details while they're diagnosing the problem.

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Android Auto v3.1 prepares to show message previews and HD graphics [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Google confirms] Android Auto now allows phones to be unlocked while connected

Friday, March 16th, 2018

The Android Auto team has been known to put safety above all else. Most people agree that's the best strategy, but there have been some scenarios where users have pointed out that certain decisions may be over-reaching, or they might not account for common scenarios. One of the biggest points of contention since the launch of Android Auto has been a feature that effectively locks users out of their phones while connected to Android Auto.

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[Update: Google confirms] Android Auto now allows phones to be unlocked while connected was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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