Mobile platforms seem to be out to dominate the world of electronics. Now with the internet of things arriving, everything from your TV to your microwave are all interconnected into one network. Mobile platforms have taken over smart TVs and the next frontier seems to be cars. Apple have CarPlay and Android have Android Auto.
Since I am an avid Android user we shall start with a review of the Android based mobile platform. Apple CarPlay users will get a future article that’s a promise. Android Auto is available in new car models like the Hyundai Sonata. However, if you have an older model or a non-supported vehicle, you can opt for Pioneer head units that are priced starting at $ 700. Newer Pioneer systems have the ambidexterity to support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Android Auto is a mellowed down version of the Android OS that is meant to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the steering wheel. With the use of voice commands you are able to get things done with the least effort and the outmost safety.
The app supports phones that are running on Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, just because you got Lollipop doesn’t mean that it will work automatically, as phone compatibility isn’t universal to all phones. Another problem is that Android Auto is a bit slow. Android on your car isn’t as fast as compared to Android in your phone. However, considering that it’s still finding its feet, Android Auto it will only get better.
Android Auto as a system is quite simple and doesn’t have as many features as its mobile version. Probably, this is to make sure that you are less distracted and more focused with where you are going.
Basically, all features can be broken down to this category:
As for the comparison between Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. On the basis of Google Maps alone Auto is better, however both are similar and really don’t have any differences at all.
Enough of the fine print, now watch below how Android Auto operates in your car: