Using a phone while driving is a dangerous as well as an illegal affair. Google has finally delivered on a promise it made a long time ago and has brought a newly updated Android Auto which can work in not just premium cars but every car. The Android Auto gives a ‘car mode’ to the smartphone which oversizes a simplified version of the user interface and brings it into the car screen. All the user needs to do is download the app from Google Play, which is only available in the US as of now. After that, the user will have to give access to the application for various permissions including calling and messaging so that the app can play it back for the user. After the setup, the user will get the interface on the screen of the car. The Android Auto gives quick access to some important features which can come very handy while driving, which includes directions and music. Interestingly, catering to the safety of the user, the access to music is only for the playlists and shortcuts, which is great thinking from Google.
Other apps that can be accessed are, Kik, WhatsApp and Skype and music apps like Spotify, Google Play, Pandora etc. The user can just swipe right or tap the Menu button, then choose Apps for Android Auto, and find out. In case the messaging app sis compatible with the Android Auto, it can also generate a default message of “I’m driving right now” and send it to another caller. Users can also change the text of the message by: swipe right (or tap the Menu icon), then tap Settings and then Auto reply. Navigation can be accessed on the home screen of Android Auto. A simple ‘OK Google’ gives the user access to Google Maps.
Using Auto Launch, the Android Auto gets automatically switched on one the user connects the app through Bluetooth in the car. All in all, Android Auto is a great move by Google, making driving safer.