Android auto has progressively gotten better. It's much better than the UI of the "big" aftermarket head unit manufactures. The only reason I'm only giving it 4 starts instead of 5 is that there are still too many limitations on the types of apps that can run. Ride sharing apps specifically simply can't run because of SDK limitations. Also, third party navigation app support would be nice. Final request, allow head unit to have support for built in hardware, like the built in HD Radio and satellite radio tuners & OBD/HVAC status/control. Add those in and it will be the ultimate auto UI.
It works great in my 2017 Ford Escape. I have both an iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy but I like the image display with my Galaxy better. The display looks up to date and links with Google Maps, whereas the iPhone only uses the Maps App. The display with Pandora looks better too. The only issue I have is going between phone and dashboard display. For some reason, if I don't have the cord in one position the connection cuts off and I can't link with my phone. I don't have that issue with my iPhone.
It's incredibly useful, but I have a few notes. 1. We need Waze. Google Maps is pretty awful. 2. Ok Google is great, but it should have better integration with other apps (like Spotify) for hands free control. 3. You should be able to toggle easily between day time and night time mode. Right now it just does what it wants and it makes life difficult.
The apps works well through vehicle screen (VW Golf). Google maps works great as does Spotify, would be nice to be able to fast forward tracks using the car screen by dragging the bar though. I really dislike that it has to be plugged in. Because of that I only use it on long trips. Bluetooth connects and does everything required for day to day. It needs to be wireless connection. Maybe that's just my car though.
This app is amazing for use in the car while cruising, etc. It's easy to get the info you need quickly and safely. It's also horrible as well. When connected to my phone I can't use offline commands and my phone also becomes very slow due to the notifications that you can't dismiss such as charging, USB accessory, Android Auto, and car mode not including any others I may get. A major overhaul is needed where the notifications don't stay or make there a way to dismiss them and not reappear
Works great with my Kenwood DDX9902s for the most part. One issue is that it no longer recognizes certain contacts in WhatsApp, instead it says a contact doesn't exist yet I can reply to said contact using the reply command. I'm still waiting on the arrival of Waze and it seems to be taking forever! C'mon guys!
• Android Auto now works with any car! Use it directly on your phone screen
• Just say “Ok Google” to use voice commands, don’t need to touch the screen first
• Scroll through song lists more easily with the new letter jump feature
• Swipe to dismiss cards on the homepage screen
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