The app links new cars that support Android Auto to Android 5.0+ phones (Lollipop or Marshmallow). Have a compatible car and phone? Just plug your phone into your car’s USB port to get started!
Android Auto brings the most useful apps from your phone to your car’s screen, optimized for glanceability and readability while driving. It requires an active data connection to fully utilize these apps and may require updates to some of your existing apps, such as Google Maps, Google Play Music, or the Google Search app.
To see if your car supports this app, check your Owner’s Manual or contact your car’s manufacturer.
The new app shows just four icons at the bottom of the screen for Maps, phone calls, audio listening, and an enlarged home button — which maps back to Android Auto when running, instead of to the main home screen. At the top of the interface there’s a menu tap, and a microphone icon. Even without actively tapping the icons at the bottom, it will automatically show a series of cards once you’ve launched the app: right now as I write (not from a car), the main screen of Android Auto is showing music controls for Spotify, the weather in my current location, a missed phone call, and directions to a place I recently looked up in Google Maps.
Google says that any of the apps that have been previously supported — and there are more than 500 of them — will work within this application interface, too. That means popular apps like WhatsApp, Spotify and Pocket Casts will all work in there.
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