Sound systems and GPS with screens sensitive to the touch in vehicles, in general, are not new to some. The problem is that these systems, even when they are of the own vehicle manufacturers, have an interface that is slow, ugly, difficult to work with, updates are slow to come out, in addition to a series of bugs, crashes, and finally, issues that does not end more. The tech giants are trying to remedy this problem with solutions to the car through their Android operating systems or iOS. On Android, the name given to the solution was Android Auto. But how does it work? Android Auto works for all cars? We will explain in detalhs.
Android Auto for Cars: What is It?
Android Auto is the operating system created and tailored by Google to vehicles. This does not mean that Android Auto will make your vehicle stand alone. But Android Auto is going to give some smart features to the vehicle, such as control of sound, radio, GPS, links, and Calendar. As the Android Auto has integration to Google Now (the voice assistant of Google), the system becomes even more secure the direction of a vehicle, making many of the controls much more simple and reducing the distractions.
So, basically, the Android Auto is the optimization of the Android operating system of smartphones and tablets for use in vehicles.
How to Configure the Android Auto?
To use the Android Auto, you will need an Android smartphone or tablet running the same version 5.0 (Lolliipop) or above, with a data plan.
It is necessary to have a car that supports Android Auto or a Touchscreen installed in a vehicle that is compatible with Android Auto. In both cases, a connection will be performed via the USB cable with the Android device.
The first usage is more time-consuming, and it is worth remembering that most of the apps compatible with Android Auto will only work with the active data plan, or is, where your mobile phone or tablet is receiving a signal from the operator.
Any way, when you turn on your phone or tablet in your car with Android Auto, you will need to download the application for Android Auto, which will act as a central connection between you, your phone/tablet, and the applications compatible with the system.
Android Auto Works in My Car?
As we have said, if your car is not on the list of vehicles compatible with Android Auto, you will need to install a system touch in the car that is compatible. An important caution is to install the system microphone next to the steering wheel, with a system of noise reduction. This way, your voice will be detected more clearly by the Android Auto, making it easier to make the connections, searches, and dictate orders to Google Now for music, directions, reminders, calendar, etc.
You Can Use Android Auto Only with My Smartphone or Tablet?
Not. This is not the purpose of the system. You can use Google Now without the Android Auto, but Google Now is not optimized for use in vehicles, which can hinder their use in some situations. Android Auto focuses on making all of the commands can be performed by voice or by steering wheel of the vehicle, even in systems sold to be adapted in the vehicle at the sale.
Android Auto, an Internet Connection, and the Connected Device
The Android Auto need to your smartphone or tablet is constantly connected to the internet. That is, you need to have a mobile data plan active in order to use Android Auto. Your smartphone or tablet will also need to be constantly connected for the system to work.
Music, Videos and Android Auto
Auto Android does not download songs and or videos to your device. It does everything via streaming. Explaining in a simple way, it plays the videos and songs directly from the internet, which is a good way to save storage space on the without a smartphone or tablet.
How Much is the Android Auto?
The cars that already comes from the factory with Android Auto are the cars of the luxury standard in Brazil. However, with a kit from the market with compatible systems with Android Auto, it is possible to adapt any vehicle to the system, which is a great advantage, and can be a good investment, giving some aspect of the smart car, adding some practical features to the vehicle
Got any questions? What do you think about Android Auto? Already used the system?