Mazda has long been a holdout on Google’s and Apple’s smartphone connection technologies (Android Auto and Car Play respectively), but all that’s about to change this year, according to automotive news site Car Advice.

The good news for existing owners is that Mazda will offer an upgrade kit to its own in-car entertainment system, MZD Connect that will bring owners the ability to connect Australia’s two most popular smartphones to their car and use car-specific features and user interfaces. The bad news? There’s no price on the upgrade kit just yet.

Mazda Australia’s marketing director, Alastair Doak, told Car Advice:

It will be available for all customers with an MZD Connect system that first went on sale with Mazda 3 in early 2014.

It’s been a long wait for Mazda afficionados. The features were announced back in March to be coming to North America, so it’s good to see their arrival in Australia. The company has been listed as an Apple CarPlay partner for some time with no products yet released. Mazda’s upgrade solution, while involving a hardware and software upgrade, won’t involve any visual impact and should be available to car models with MZD Connect dating back to 2014.

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Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!
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the Mazda system has been hacked to add Android Auto so its good that its going to be an official thing