An­droid Auto

NOW EVERY­BODY WITH AN AN­DROID PHONE CAN CON­NECT IT TO THEIR RIDE AND EN­JOY AN IN-CAR-COM­PUTER EX­PE­RI­ENCE

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An­droid Auto used to only be an op­tion for a lim­ited range of cars, but thanks to Google’s lat­est update you can now con­nect your phone to any car and give your­self an on-board com­puter.

De­pend­ing on your make of car, An­droid Auto con­nects in dif­fer­ent ways. If you have a com­pat­i­ble dis­play built in, then An­droid Auto will use that, but most likely you won’t – con­nect over Blue­tooth to your head unit and it uses your smart­phone’s dis­play in­stead. This re­quires some sort of holder in your car so you can ac­cess your phone.

An­droid Auto has mod­i­fied all the apps to give them ex­tra-large but­tons, so you can use it eas­ily while driv­ing. Google Maps is the app we tended to use most, and that works flaw­lessly, but you can also use the mu­sic player for au­dio­books, get it to read mes­sages out loud and take calls.

You’ll need an An­droid phone run­ning ver­sion 5.0 or higher (that’s Lol­lipop, Marsh­mal­low or Nougat in An­droid-speak) to run An­droid Auto. It’s not per­fect by any means – we had is­sues con­nect­ing when not us­ing Blue­tooth, and we couldn’t browse our en­tire mu­sic li­brary. But as with all Google prod­ucts, you can ex­pect it to be per­pet­u­ally in beta, which means oddly named up­dates will keep rain­ing down.

ABOVE Ditch your sat­nav – thanks to An­droid Auto, you can use your smart­phone for di­rec­tions now

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