Google unveils Android Auto, first supported automobiles arrive later this year [VIDEO]

Android Auto title featured

There’s been a ton of news pouring out of this year’s Google I/O thanks to Google and their Android L preview. The biggest Android release yet, we’re seeing Google’s latest resolve to bring the Android platform to every screen possible, and in a more polished way than ever. One of those screens is a very important one, and it just so happens to be in your car. Announced at Google I/O 2014, say hello to Android Auto.

Android Auto smartphone connect

Essentially, this is user-friendly a car-mode that will be available in Android L. Plugging your phone into a compatible car’s in-dash unit will then mirror the display from your phone, onto your car’s infotainment display. It’s pretty seamless. What’s more is you can interact with the Android Auto UI via your car’s built-in display, opening apps, listening to music, or navigating Maps straight from your car.

Android Auto Music Maps

On stage, Google showed off the Google Play Music and Google Maps experience orientated in landscape mode, complete with big buttons and a few basic phone functions in the dock. Of course, Google Search voice actions were present, bringing a true hands-free experience to the car. Again, it’s the same Android experience with all the apps you’ve come to love, but featuring a new interface built for and designed for (safe) driving.

Android Auto Open Automotive Alliance

According to Google, 40 new partners have joined the Open Automotive Alliance, with 25 car brands already signing up to ship Android Auto in the “near” future. You can expect the first cars with Android Auto to roll off the lot before the end of this year. Check out Google’s new Android Auto trailer below.

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  • ac

    I’ve been waiting for this to happen. Just need one of the 3rd party manufacturers that have joined the alliance, to build a replacement receiver that can be integrated into my current car, which also happens to not be part of the Open Automotive Alliance.

    • Covert_Death

      check out alpines site. they have a “big” release tomorrow and have been spamming it for a few days

      • ac

        Awesome! Thanks so much. Alpine would likely be a 3rd party manufacturer that would have some sort of integration with my car, based on the adapter they created.

  • Unorthodox

    The guy in video. Turns the wheel by grabbing it from inside. What the what? I hope this is not a side effect of Android Auto, like Glasshole-ism.

  • http://www.facebook.com/madmikeX3 Michael Parks

    This sounds awesome.

  • Covert_Death

    Alpine will most likely release some HUs with this tomorrow. They have been building up to something “BIG” on their site for a few days now!

    • mcl630

      They meant “big” as in large… the new HU is a 9″ display for GM trucks and SUVs. Nothing to do with Android at all.

  • MK2

    Hopefully some of the newer cars will integrate it into their sold models. I want this in my Volt!

  • AGx

    Where the F**** was this two years ago when I bought my car. Damn you. DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!

    • Devon Warren

      Agreed though only a year ago for me :-/ Here’s to hoping I can jerry rig my old Nexus 7 to do all this ;)

      • AGx

        I was actually planning on keeping my car for 5-10 years but depending on how well this works, it’s compelling enough for me to consider upgrading once I finish paying this one off (or at least when I’m no longer upside down and can get a decent trade).

    • PHL

      Haha, me too. I liked the built-in nav system I had at first, but it’s really starting to wear on me now. Too slow, too few features.

      • Durin123

        Apparently cars in large parts of Japan have had built-in navigation systems for two or more years.

    • JBrowne1012

      3 years for me

  • http://www.facebook.com/madmikeX3 Michael Parks

    Wonder how the Torque app well integrate. To the forum’s!

  • Darktanone

    Hmmm, sounds like they were inspired by Apple’s carplay. Just saying.

    • Durin123

      Sounds like you were inspired by diarrhoea induced by eating rotten fruit.

      • Darktanone

        Sounds like your mouth was open when my diarrhea was induced…Bottoms up, turd!

  • Marsg

    i was already planning on getting a new car at the end of this year or early next year so double WIN!! lol