Not to be outdone, Android followed up a year after CarPlay’s launch with their own car-phone interface. Android Auto makes use of Android’s native navigation and access to perks like Google maps and Google assistance. You would need version 5.0 of the operating system in order to enable these apps in your car.
Android Auto uses a slightly more complicated installation method than Apple. First off, you have to download the corresponding Android Auto app
onto your mobile phone and, if necessary, update the firmware in your car with an aftermarket stereo to support Android Auto. Then, it’s simply a matter of plugging in your Samsung or Huawei or any Android device, and you’re good to go! Further setup can differ depending on initial preferences set when installing and using Android Auto for the first time. After all, there are a lot of apps to choose from.
While Apple has Siri, Android Auto makes use of Google Assistant as its voice interface. As you would talk to your Android device, just say, “Ok, Google,” to activate listening mode by default. After that, it should answer any query given in voice form. Like Carplay, you won’t see any written notifications for the sake of the driver’s safety. To make sure Google recognises you when you speak to it, you’ll need to go through the short verification process of recording yourself saying “Ok, Google” three times.
Calls And Text Messages
Unlike CarPlay, you cannot dictate messages over Android Auto. All responses to text messages can only be made by way of pre-set response messages, which you can add or edit manually – preferably not while you’re driving – or when accessing the app options directly from your smartphone. Phone calls are pretty straightforward: just say “Ok Google”.
As Apple Maps is to Apple, so is Google Maps to Android. Anyone, who has used Google maps before, should have no trouble whatsoever adjusting to the feel and controls of navigating with Android Auto.
Music And Entertainment
While CarPlay forces you to takes a long route to your tunes, Android Auto features a music icon directly on its menu tray. However, a bit like CarPlay, you have to choose your preferred music apps from the list that pops up. The default in this case would of course be the Google Play music app.