Android Auto comes to 19 new countries, update lets you browse entire music collection while parked [VIDEO]


A new update to Android Auto is hitting the Google Play Store — version 1.6 — and aside from bringing new features and fixes, it marks the official launch of the app in 18 new countries around the world (19 if you count Puerto Rico). Here are the new countries that are now finally gaining access to Android Auto (compatible car stereo head unit required):

New countries seeing Android Auto

  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Switzerland
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Paraguay
  • Russia
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Puerto Rico*

According to the official changelog, Android Auto 1.6 also brings improved phone-car connection reliability and finally gives users the ability to browse their entire music collection while their car is parked (see video at the top of this post). Previously, music could only be accessed via hands-free voice search or through playlists and/or radio stations. A sort of weird limitation, but one we’re guessing was a precaution to keep drivers’ eyes on the road, not browsing their entire music archives.

The update is available right now in the Google Play Store but if you’re not seeing it quite yet, we’re sure the rollout will finish in the coming days. Download link provided below.

Download on Google Play: Android Auto 1.6

Thanks, Ryan!

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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