Android Auto: everything you need to know

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Android Auto is essentially a smartphone projection system for your car, with users required to tether an Android smartphone, running Android 5.0 Lollipop or above, to the built-in infotainment system that the vehicle has available.  Android Auto has slowly been gaining traction over the last year or so, with more and more car manufacturers coming into the fold every day. Android Auto has been expanding to quite a few new markets as well.

Below is everything you need to know about Android Auto, including what it has to offer, the various markets it is, or soon will be, available in, vehicles and car manufacturers that support Android Auto, and finally, the options to add Android Auto to your existing vehicle.

Functionality and features

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As mentioned, Android Auto isn’t an independent system, but rather extends the functionality of your Android smartphone to the car’s dashboard head unit, using a car-friendly user interface. The phone, running Android 5.0 Lollipop or above, is tethered via a USB cable, and of course, the car does have to support Android Auto for this to work.

Functionality includes navigation via Google Maps, music control, voice control for replying to messages, making calls, and more. Third party app support is also available, with a slew of apps to be found already, including Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, TuneIn Radio, Kik Messenger, Skype, Whatsapp, Google Hangouts, Stitcher Radio, PocketCasts, and a whole lot more. You can find the full list of compatible applications here.

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Countries where Android Auto is available

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Android Auto was initially launched in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, the UK, and the US. Earlier this month, Google rolled out support for Android Auto in 18 new countries, including Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, India, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, Switzerland, Uruguay, and Venezuela, along with the US territory of Puerto Rico.

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Cars Android Auto is compatible with

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Audi 2016 Q7
2017 A4
2017 Q2
Buick 2016 LaCrosse
2016 Regal
2017 Envision (coming soon)
2017 Encore (coming soon)
Cadillac 2016 ATS
2016 ATS Coupe
2016 ATS-V
2016 CTS
2016 CTS-V
2016 ELR
2016 CT6
2016 Escalade
2016 Escalade ESV
2016 XTS
2017 XT5
Chevrolet 2016 Camaro
2016 Camaro Convertible
2016 Colorado
2016 Corvette
2016 Corvette Convertible
2016 Cruze
2016 Impala
2016 Malibu
2016 Silverado
2016 Silverado HD
2016 Tahoe
2016 Volt
2016 Suburban
2016 Spark
Ford 2017 C-MAX (coming soon)
2017 Edge (coming soon)
2017 Escape (coming soon)
2017 Everest (coming soon)
2017 Expedition (coming soon)
2017 Explorer (coming soon)
2017 F-150 (coming soon)
2017 Flex (coming soon)
2017 Focus (coming soon)
2017 Fusion (coming soon)
2017 Galaxy (coming soon)
2017 Kuga (coming soon)
2017 Mondeo (coming soon)
2017 Mustang (coming soon)
2017 Ranger (coming soon)
2017 S-MAX (coming soon)
2017 Super Duty (coming soon)
2017 Taurus (coming soon)
2017 Transit (coming soon)
2017 Vignale (coming soon)
GMC 2017 Acadia (coming soon)
2016 Canyon
2016 Sierra
2016 Yukon
2016 Yukon XL
Holden 2016 Spark (coming soon)
2016 Captiva
Honda 2016 Civic
2016 Accord
Hyundai 2016 Elantra
2016 Elantra GT (coming soon)
2016 Veloster (coming soon)
2016 Tucson (coming soon)
2015 Sonata
2016 Sonata Hybrid (coming soon)
2016 Sonata PHEV (coming soon)
2016 Santa Fe (Sport)
2016 Azera (coming soon)
2016 Genesis (coming soon)
Kia 2015 Optima (software update)
2016 Optima
2017 Sportage
2017 Forte (coming soon)
2014 – 2016 Soul (software update)
2017 Soul (coming soon)
2015 – 2016 Soul EV (software update)
2017 Soul EV (coming soon)
2015 – 2016 Optima Hybrid (software update)
2017 Optima Hybrid (coming soon)
2017 Plug-in Optima (coming soon)
2016 Sorento (software update)
2017 Sorento (coming soon)
2015 – 2016 Sedona (software update)
2017 Sedona (coming soon)
2017 Cadenza (coming soon)
2017 Niro Hybrid (coming soon)
2018 Rio (coming soon)
2018 K900 (coming soon)
Lincoln 2017 Continental (coming soon)
2017 MKC (coming soon)
2017 MKX (coming soon)
2017 MKZ (coming soon)
2017 MKZ HEV (coming soon)
2017 Navigator (coming soon)
Mitsubishi 2016 Pajero
2016 Pajero Sport
2017 Mirage (coming soon)
Opel 2016 Adam
2016 KARL
2016 Corsa
2016 Astra
2016 Insignia (coming soon)
Seat 2016 Alhambra
2016 Ibiza
2016 Leon
2016 Toledo
Skoda 2016 Fabia
2016 Octavia
2016 Rapid
2016 Superb
2016 Yeti
Vauxhall 2016 Adam
2016 Viva
2016 Corsa
2016 Astra
2016 Insignia (coming soon)
Volkswagen 2016 Beetle
2016 Beetle Cabrio
2016 Caddy
2016 CC
2016 Eos
2016 Fox
2016 Golf
2016 Golf Cabrio
2016 Golf Sportsvan
2016 Golf Variant
2016 Jetta
2016 Passat
2016 Passat Variant
2016 Polo
2016 Scirocco
2016 Sharan
2016 Spacefox
2016 T6 Van
2016 Tiguan
2016 Touran
Volvo XC90 (coming soon)
S90 (coming soon)
V90 (coming soon)

Aftermarket stereos Android Auto is compatible with

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If you aren’t in the market for a new car, you also have the option to add Android Auto support to your existing vehicle via these compatible aftermarket stereos from Kenwood and Pioneer. You can find the full list of compatible models below:

Kenwood DDX9902S
DDX9702S
Pioneer 2015 AVIC-8100NEX
2015 AVIC-7100NEX
2015 AVH-4100NEX
2015 AVIC-F77DAB
2015 AVIC-F70DAB
2015 AVH-X8700BT
2015 AVH-X8750BT
2015 AVIC-F70TV
2015 AVIC-F70BT
2015 AVH-X8790BT
2016 AVIC-8200NEX
2016 AVIC-7200NEX
2016 AVH-4200NEX
2016 AVIC-F88DAB (coming soon)
2016 AVIC-F80DAB (coming soon)
2016 AVH-X8800BT (coming soon)
2016 AVH-X8850BT (coming soon)
2016 AVIC-F80TV (coming soon)
2016 AVIC-F80BT (coming soon)
2016 AVH-X8890BT (coming soon)

Other car manufacturers part of the Open Automotive Alliance

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While there are quite a few car manufacturers with vehicles that support Android Auto, there are a lot more that are a part of the Open Automotive Alliance, and we can expect to see their cars come with Android Auto quite soon as well. These manufacturers include Abarth, Acura, Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Chrysler, Citroen, Dodge, DS, Fiat, Genesis, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Mahindra, Maserati, Mazda, Nissan, Peugeot, RAM, Renault, Ssangyong, Subaru, and Suzuki.

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