Android Auto is a great way to use Android in your car, but it relies on plugging in your phone. What if Android was built right into the infotainment system? That’s exactly what Audi (and Volvo) is showing off at Google I/O this year in a very attractive Q8 Sport concept car.
Unlike Android Auto, you don’t need your phone to use this system. The Android OS is built right into the infotainment system. It can run your favorite apps, such as Spotify, Play Music, and even Google Assistant. The system can also send info to the displays behind the steering wheel.
The main difference between this integration and Android Auto is the deeper control. When you’re adjusting the temperature, your seat position, or the windows, you’re using Android. The system is running on Android 7.0 Nougat and will be launched on new cars within two years. Do you think this is better than the current state of Android Auto?