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Android Auto now works on phones, not just infotainment systems

Google announced this week that anyone with an Android smartphone can run Android Auto. That’s right, you no longer need a car with a special Android Auto infotainment system. It’s great news for people like me. I have a car and use Google Maps and Google Music all the time, but I’ve never coughed up the extra dough to get an Android Auto unit.

All you need to do is install the Android Auto application on your Android phone. Then you’ll see the large and driver-friendly icons for maps, phone and music. You still need to manually tap the microphone to use voice commands, which means OK Google isn’t supported right now.

You only need your phone to run Android Auto

The standard home screen looks a bit like Google Now cards, with all of your information up front and center. “Android Auto automatically brings you useful information – like suggested destinations, upcoming appointments, and weather conditions – all organized into simple cards that appear just when they’re needed,” Google said.

Google says you only need a phone running Android 5.0 or newer to get up and running. With travel coming up, I can’t wait to try this. Ball’s in your cart, Apple.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...


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