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Android Auto finally goes live for Android 5.0 Lollipop and newer

Android Auto is finally here, though you’ll need a device running Android 5.0 Lollipop to use it. You’ll also need an in-car dashboard system with Android Auto support, which for now means picking up one of Pioneer’s new units.

Google broke the news with a new Android Auto app that gives you a taste of how the new system will work. You need this application to connect your device to the dash system. On top of that, Google’s rounded up a list of other apps with Android Auto support, including Spotify, Skype, iHeartRadio, NPR One, Google Play Music and TuneIn Radio, along with messaging apps like Kik and Hangouts.

Android Auto still isn’t exactly widely available, and Google is still working to bring the new software to upcoming cars. At the moment Pioneer’s dashboard is still the only game in town, though that likely won’t last. Hopefully today’s news means it won’t be long before carmakers start releasing new vehicles with the software pre-installed.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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