Android Auto is currently limited to the infotainment system. Google’s Android Auto service debuted in 2015 and has progressed significantly in successive releases. Android Auto, which is standard in most new vehicles, interfaces your smartphone over a compatible in-car entertainment system, allowing you access to the usual music, navigation, and voice assist apps.
Instead of projecting the interface onto your car’s infotainment system, the Android Auto for Phone screen only displays the more limited interface on your phone. For this, the phone has to be mounted on the dashboard. It works like the old app with the added feature of voice-activated Google Assistant. When using the Google Maps navigation system, a Google Assistant bar is displayed at the bottom, which can be used to make phone calls, answer calls, send messages, read messages, and play music. It’s even more secure than the old system, because using Google Assistant means you’ll never have to take your hands off it.
Taking it a step further, some models like the Polestar 2 and the upcoming GMC Hummer EV feature infotainment systems powered by Google’s new Android Automotive System. Since apps like Google Play, Google Maps, and Google Assistant are built-in, Android Automotive doesn’t require a smartphone. But what if you don’t have an infotainment system with Android Auto support? You might not have realized, but Google also offers a separate “Android Auto For Phone Screens” application. Or at least it used to. According to 9to5 Google, the Android Auto for Phone Screens application is no longer supported on phones running the latest Android 12 operating system. However, the application will still work on the older Android operating system.
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