Intended for drivers, Android Auto is a great ally for having optimized access to its applications on its dashboard. We have selected the must-have apps that will make your life on the road easier.
Android Auto is an Android-derived OS designed to nest on your dashboard. It allows you to have easy access to your applications thanks to an optimized interface, large icons and voice commands. Everything is designed to facilitate interactions so as not to stray from your primary objective: to stay focused on your driving and on the road.
On its own, Android Auto already lets you multitask. In this case, you only have to say « Ok Google » then state the desired route to start navigation on Google Maps. Likewise, it is also possible to get contextual information about your journey. In addition, you can easily call your contacts using the Google Assistant. And even send an SMS by dictating it.
But Android Auto also gives you the ability to easily access a myriad of applications as long as they are compatible with the system. You must also have a smartphone running at least Android 6.0 and having an Internet connection. In this article, we have selected for you the best apps that work with Android Auto. You will have access to it on the touchscreen of your dashboard via an app launcher that you can organize as you wish.
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Android Auto: the must-have music apps
What could be better than listening to your favorite songs on your travels? Which give you balm to the heart and allow you to roll a smile on your lips. With Spotify, you have access to millions of songs that you can store in playlists. The app is available for free (with ads). However, a premium account allows you to get rid of it while having access to offline listening. This can be very practical in the passenger compartment where the network is not always optimal.
It’s not just Spotify in life. Deezer is also available on Android Auto. So you can spin your favorite tracks, listen to new albums, the latest podcasts and your favorite playlists in the car. It is possible to access the 73 million titles available free of charge. However, the premium offers make it possible to dispense with advertising, to zap without restriction and to benefit from an offline mode.
Same fight with YouTube Music which allows you to listen to a myriad of titles in your vehicle via Android Auto. In addition to streaming, it is even recently possible to run your own MP3s. Note that you will get a free month trial when you start your subscription. You will then have to pay 9.99 euros per month.
This application will appeal to music lovers eager for new musical horizons. And for good reason, iHeart Radio allows you to connect to thousands of radio stations scattered around the world. In addition, a slew of podcasts and playlists are accessible. It is even possible to create your own personalized station by integrating your favorite artists. Enjoyably, iHeart Radio is free but you can get the premium version to get rid of the ads.
Android Auto: the essential navigation applications
It is one of the flagship applications of the Google OS. And it’s obviously available on Android Auto. Thanks to a very complete mapping, Google Maps will find you a route and guide you like a chef. You can also give him instructions by voice command. In the event of traffic jams, the application is able to find a faster route. It is also possible to activate a satellite view of the map, access the opening hours of surrounding places of interest or even download the maps beforehand if you are worried about having a bad connection.
Besides Google Maps, it is possible to use other navigation applications on Android Auto like Waze. All the more so if you want to optimize your trip as much as possible to avoid traffic jams or work on the road which could cost you precious time. Information that is transmitted in real time by the many users of the platform. Which is also able to offer you the best route based on the average speeds of other motorists.
In addition to its mapping and navigation services, the Coyote application shines with its ability to alert you to sensitive areas with speed cameras and road checks. Enough to keep his points on his license, as the brand boasts. It also indicates dangerous (accidents, slippery roads) and congested areas. To benefit from it, you must opt for the Extend offer which costs 10.99 euros per month. Note that the app has only just arrived on Android Auto.
PlugShare is now on Android Auto. As a reminder, this is an application that allows you to locate nearby charging stations for electric vehicles. Its multiple users contribute to improving it daily by distilling technical information on the stations while noting them.
Android Auto: the best messaging apps
An essential application for communicating with loved ones, Facebook Messenger is available on Android Auto. The principle ? Instead of reading and writing, you can listen to the messages you have received and dictate responses. The driver must obviously avoid abusing it in order to stay focused. But this voice alternative is much safer than writing or reading a message while driving.
As summer takes shape, Google wanted to integrate a very famous messaging application that was previously missing on Android Auto. This is WhatsApp which is therefore now available on Google’s automotive OS. Note, however, that the application will not fully open in Android Auto. Only a window will appear when you receive a message. And it will be possible to answer them aloud thanks to Google Assistant. On the same model, know that Telegram, Google Messages and Signal are also compatible.
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