Late last year we were lucky enough to get to test out the new radio app, RadioApp, which was released by Commercial Radio Australia focusing specifically on Australian radio stations. Unfortunately I lamented the lack of Android Auto integration but we were assured it was on the development roadmap. The app has hit that point in the road and is now functional with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
With many more cars arriving with Android Auto built into the infotainment system it is essential that new apps include this integration in their apps. RadioApp not only allows you to set your favourite local stations but also nearby stations which obviously helps on long road trips.
The integration into Android Auto has been worth the wait. The menu items are well set out with the choice of how they are grouped very intuitive. The icons that make the app so colourful and easy on the eye have made their way across to the Android Auto interface as well. As you can see in my screenshots below the setup is simple and easy to use, just how Android Auto is designed to be.
The CEO of Commercial Radio Australia said of the new car stereo integration:
Through RadioApp, listeners can easily discover local stations while travelling, access their favourites list, and control the app safely through their connected car dashboard.
Consumers today expect freedom and connectivity and we want to make sure they can listen to their favourite local radio stations however they want and wherever they are.
Our aim is to make RadioApp the ultimate go-to for streaming live local radio. Now users will be able to take RadioApp on the road, with a smooth transition from the phone to the car dashboard.
RadioApp allows listeners access access over 250 commercial radio stations around Australia, as well as ABC, SBS and DAB+ digital radio stations. So far, since it’s launch in November last year, the app has been downloaded over 140,000 times.
If you have Android Auto (or Apple CarPlay) in your vehicle I highly recommend giving this RadioApp a try. It works really well with Android Auto, is a lot better than many other radio apps I have tried, and is specific for Australia. The app gives the user access to so many radio stations that they otherwise may not know exist.