What apps work with Android Auto?
The inclusion of Android Auto integration to General Motors vehicles available at Don Wheaton has been a game changer. Smartphones have become among the more ubiquitous accessories for people to carry, the thought of leaving the house without a phone is almost paralyzing. GM has become a technological leader in the automotive world, first by offering in-vehicle Wi-Fi and then expanding on that capability by partnering with Google and its Android Auto suite of applications. This begs the question, ‘What apps work with Android Auto?’ Don Wheaton is here to help. Our sales professionals would be happy to give you a demonstration in our showroom.
Applications supported by Android Auto
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- Pandora Internet Radio
- TuneIn Radio
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- Amazon Music
- Google Play Music
- Google Hangouts
- BBC Media Player
- Plus many more
Once an Android phone user and GM vehicle owner downloads the Android Auto application from the Google Play store, they simply need to follow these simple steps to connect the phone to the vehicle’s infotainment system (Chevy MyLink, Cadillac CUE or IntelliLink for GMC and Buick):
- Use the USB cord to connect the phone to the infotainment systems USB port
- The “Projection” button the vehicle’s touchscreen should turn to Android Auto
- If everything is working properly, Android Auto should launch automatically. In the case this doesn’t happen, press “Android Auto” on the home page to launch
At this point, you should be able to use the touchscreen installed in your GM vehicle to launch, use and close the various applications. Adding new apps simply requires users download them to the phone.
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The Android Auto app will display programs in use as well as waiting texts, emails or missed calls as cards on the screen. Anyone that is familiar with Google Cards on their phones will be instantly comfortable with this setup. Using the steering wheel mounted controls, users will be able to make and receive calls as well as see text-based messages on the touchscreen. Android Auto uses one of the world’s best voice recognition systems to operate many of its functions. Getting the settings dialed in for this feature may take some fine-tuning in the settings menu.
What version of Android to I need to have?
In order to use Android Auto and its suite of applications, the connected phone must have Android version 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher. To check which version of Android a phone is using, do the following:
- Open the Settings menu
- Open “About Device”
- Scan for Android version
Don Wheaton will be able to help users troubleshoot connection problems to a point. However, if owners are using an outdated version of Android or there are other issues with the phone, some people may need to contact their carrier for assistance.