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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.

Waymo’s new 360-degree video uses incredible visuals to explain how its self-driving tech works

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

By now, most of you have probably know of Waymo, Google's (or should I say Alphabet's) self-driving tech company. You probably also know that self-driving cars have a metric crapton of sensors and tech on board, all of which is necessary to ensure that everyone stays safe. But if you were looking for a more visual representation of how exactly Waymo's cars see things, you might want to check the company's latest video out.

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Waymo's new 360-degree video uses incredible visuals to explain how its self-driving tech works was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now available for $900] Alpine announces Android Auto head unit with a ‘floating’ 9-inch display

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Alpine is on hand at CES to roll out yet another Android Auto head unit, but this one might be more appealing to those with limited dash space. The iLX-F309 has a big 9-inch LCD, but it doesn't need that much space available in your dash thanks to a wacky floating design.

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[Update: Now available for $900] Alpine announces Android Auto head unit with a 'floating' 9-inch display was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Alpine announces Android Auto head unit with a ‘floating’ 9-inch display

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Alpine is on hand at CES to roll out yet another Android Auto head unit, but this one might be more appealing to those with limited dash space. The iLX-F309 has a big 9-inch LCD, but it doesn't need that much space available in your dash thanks to a wacky floating design. Yes, the image above shows CarPlay, but just pretend it's Android Auto.

The iLX-F309 uses a single DIN slot, so many more vehicles can accommodate it.

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Alpine announces Android Auto head unit with a 'floating' 9-inch display was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

JVCKENWOOD will have a pair of wireless Android Auto-capable head units on display at CES

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Android Auto makes the in-car experience a lot nicer (at least when it's not bugging out), but it's tedious to have to plug your phone in every time you get in the car just to use it. We've been hoping for a wireless solution for some time now, and it seems like it's finally becoming a reality. JVCKENWOOD will have two receivers capable of wireless Android Auto on display at CES 2018.

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JVCKENWOOD will have a pair of wireless Android Auto-capable head units on display at CES was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto is now available on some Alfa Romeo models, as well as one more Fiat and two head unit manufacturers

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Android Auto has been hitting more and more cars. Having just reached one Italian car manufacturer, Google's in-car OS has just spread to another: Alfa Romeo. Two models are listed as compatible, with another two as 'coming soon.' It's also reached another Fiat and two aftermarket head unit companies you've probably never heard of.

Without further ado, here's the list of new cars getting Android Auto:

  • Alfa Romeo
    • 2018+ Giuletta
    • 2018+ MiTo
    • 2018+ Giulia (coming soon)
    • 2018+ Stelvio (coming soon)
  • Fiat
    • 2017+ 500X

We've also been informed that two head unit manufacturers, 'CVTE' and 'MMAUTO,' are now supported.

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Android Auto is now available on some Alfa Romeo models, as well as one more Fiat and two head unit manufacturers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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.

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