Android Auto is going places (see what I did there?) and it’s supporting us to do that as well. Over the past 12 months we’ve seen a UI overhaul, new features appearing and wireless connectivity. Despite these upgrades there are still some bugs and annoyances for users, but they’re being worked out too. That continual evolution has led to a steady growth of the userbase which has now passed a huge milestone.
In the last week or so, Android Auto has topped 500,000,000 installs internationally. That’s a lot of phones that are now enjoying the benefits of Android Auto… but are they all?
It’s worth noting that there are a significant number of devices that are now shipping with Android Auto installed. So while the number is huge and very much noteworthy, there would be a not-insignificant percentage who don’t use the feature. Also noteworthy — for those who aren’t familiar with Android Auto — is the fact you don’t need a top-flight, third party head unit like the Kenwood DDX9018DABS in your car.
Android Auto can work on a mobile device as a stand alone app and it is very usable doing so. Most of the features are fully functional including Maps and Google Assistant is available, and you can (cabled or Bluetooth Audio if your car stereo supports it) stream music as well. Please keep in mind the legislation in your state regarding the use of a mobile phone in vehicles if you’re going to do so.
If you’re not yet using Android Auto, what’s the barrier to you engaging with it?