Google Announces New Updates for Android Auto and Cars with Google Built-in
In an era where people spend a significant amount of time commuting and running errands, Android Auto has emerged as a game-changer, transforming mundane drives into productive, entertaining, and connected experiences. With advancements in vehicle technology and larger screens, Android Auto has expanded its reach to nearly 200 million cars, offering a plethora of apps and features designed to enhance the driving journey. In this article, we will explore the latest updates in Android Auto and cars with Google built-in that are revolutionizing the way we drive.
Access Your Favorite Apps and Join Meetings with Android Auto
Android Auto, with its newly redesigned interface, seamlessly integrates the power of your smartphone into your vehicle. With access to thousands of media, messaging, navigation, parking, and charging apps directly from your car display, Android Auto ensures a safe and convenient driving experience. However, the innovation doesn't stop there.
In collaboration with major partners like Microsoft Teams, Webex by Cisco, and Zoom, Android Auto is introducing the ability to join scheduled meetings by audio from your car's display. This breakthrough feature enables drivers to stay productive on the go, enabling them to participate in crucial meetings without taking their eyes off the road. As Android Auto continues to expand, nearly 200 million cars will be equipped with this technology by the end of the year.
Stay Entertained and Connected with Google Built-In
With the number of cars incorporating Google built-in technology expected to nearly double by the end of the year, Google is committed to enhancing the driving experience through entertainment and communication features.
YouTube, the world's leading video-sharing platform, is now available for integration with Google built-in cars. Select partners, including Polestar and Volvo Cars, have committed to offering this feature via over-the-air software updates. Drivers can now watch their favorite videos while waiting for curbside pickup, ensuring a delightful and engaging drive.
For gaming enthusiasts, GameSnacks for Android Auto is another exciting addition. With nearly a million gamers per month, GameSnacks is now accessible in cars with Google built-in. Popular games like Beach Buggy Racing 2, Solitaire FRVR, and My Talking Tom Friends, developed by esteemed publishers such as Vector Unit, FRVR, and Outfit7 Limited, will be at the fingertips of drivers, offering an enjoyable and immersive gaming experience.
To keep drivers connected, Google Assistant will provide smart suggestions, enabling users to quickly respond to messages and share their estimated arrival time with friends and family. These features will be gradually rolled out in cars with Google built-in over the next few months, emphasizing the commitment to seamless communication on the go.
Navigate and Find EV Stations with Waze
As electric vehicles (EVs) gain popularity, Android Auto and cars with Google built-in are incorporating specific features to cater to the needs of EV drivers. Waze, the community-driven navigation app, is being integrated into more cars globally. Already available on Android Auto, Waze is now accessible via the Google Play Store for all cars with Google built-in, including the upcoming Chevrolet Blazer EV.
EV drivers can leverage Waze's real-time reports on traffic and road closures, making their journeys more efficient. Moreover, the integration allows users to locate EV charging stations that are compatible with their vehicle's plug type. These charging stations, validated by the dedicated Waze Community, ensure accurate and up-to-date information, facilitating stress-free EV travel.