Maruti Suzuki updates its Smartplay infotainment systems, introduces Android Auto for all cars

While Maruti Suzuki introduced the Ignis' touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto, the latter was not available in other models with this system. Now, Android Auto can be updated via the company's authorised dealerships.

By: | Published: July 6, 2017 4:11 PM

Maruti Suzuki Smartplay infotainment systems

Maruti Suzuki Smartplay infotainment systemsMaruti Suzuki had introduced a new Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system with the Baleno, which later on also became a part of the Ciaz, Ertiga, Vitara Brezza and the S-Cross, it did have one limitation. Although the system had all the features such as Bluetooth connectivity, navigation via SD card and more, it supported only Apple CarPlay. The two vehicles which were introduced with Android Auto as well were the the Ignis and the recently launched Dzire. Now, however, Maruti Suzuki will add Android Auto through an update which is a 2.5 GB software available at no extra cost on the cars that missed out this feature.

Whether Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, this system enables a user to mirror some of the features of their smartphone through a USB cable enhancing the connected driving experience in a vehicle. Moreover, in India, Android based phones have a larger popularity due to its cheaper starting price compared to the starting price of Apple products. This update would enable potential buyers to also think about Maruti Suzuki cars which no longer have this limitation. Hyundai, for example, offers Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Mirrorlink in the Elite i20, while the Baleno had only Apple CarPlay, until now. The update also gets a new navigation software with updated maps as well.

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Along with Android Auto, the existing features would remain which includes Bluetooth, AM-FM, Aux-in, 'intuitive' playback management,, navigation with saved destination, route customisation and this system can also be operated via voice commands

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    Shigov Jos
    Sep 9, 2017 at 10:55 pm
    Really a fake news...confirmed by maruti service centres across Kerala... We cancelled our booking for brezza zdi due to absence of android auto...no information of updation...Very poor show...please wake up maruti...
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      Soumyo
      Jul 15, 2017 at 6:01 pm
      Fully fake news as confirmed by maruti officials . Please don't spread wrong information.
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        SASI
        Jul 14, 2017 at 11:30 am
        Dear Sir, Thank you for contacting Nexa. We appreciate your feedback regarding Android Auto Apple Car Play feature update in Baleno. Please note that the speculations about upgradation of Android Auto Apple Car play in Balen are not correct. Any information in this respect will come from the official medium of Maruti Suzuki India Limited. Accordingly, whenever any upgrade is available, the customers will be informed about the same on the official i.e, : nexaexperience or ( s: marutisuzuki ) Our customers are always free to exchange their ideas for further development of our products and services. Any feedback and suggestions is appreciated as it motivates us to do further improvements. Thanking assuring you of our best services at all times. Regards, Team NEXA (Call Us- Toll Free: 1800 200 6392, 1800 120 6392) Please visit us at : nexaexperience
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          Vivek Dixit
          Sep 25, 2017 at 2:17 am
          Yes, I have also received the same reply from Maruti. I kindly request all press / news reporters to look into the matter come out with the real picture for the readers / customers.
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