The 21st century is the safety era in the automotive industry, and most infotainment solutions are made to keep you focused on the road, not on the navigation screen or your phone. Though many carmakers tried hard to keep mobile devices away from the cockpit, it soon became clear that demand is only going up, and the manufacturers' native solutions (like the BMW ConnectedDrive app) do not cope with it at all. That’s how Apple CarPlay appeared, and how we got Android Auto.
Android Auto is software that lets you connect the phone to the vehicle’s infotainment system, and use your favorite apps on the car’s display with the in-built controls. Of course, smartphone functionality is limited to minimize distractions, but the most important features and apps are there to stay:
In terms of the wireless connection, the list of Android Auto compatible phones is pretty limited:
|Phone Make and Model||Android Version|
|Pixel or Pixel XL||Android 8.0 or higher|
|Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL||Android 8.0 or higher|
|Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL||Android 8.0 or higher|
|Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL||Android 10.0 or higher|
|Nexus 5X or 6P||Android 8.0 or higher|
|Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+||Android 9.0 or higher|
|Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+||Android 9.0 or higher|
|Samsung Galaxy S10 or S10+||Android 9.0 or higher|
|Samsung Note 8, Note 9 and Note 10||Android 9.0 or higher|
When it comes to the USB connection, also offered by LEADSIGNAUTO's retrofit, your smartphone (be it Samsung, Lenovo, LG or any other brand) just has to run Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher. Though it is recommended to start from the 6.0 OS version (Marshmallow) and up, for better performance.
The first step to using all your favorite applications on the iDrive screen is downloading the Android Auto app (if your phone runs Android 10.0, the app is built-in). For a wireless connection, you will need a USB cable for the initial setup. After following the on-screen instructions and completing the initial procedure, you can disconnect the USB cable. With this step behind you, Android Auto will automatically connect your phone to the original system every time you get into the car.
With phones that support only the USB connection, it’s necessary to plug the Android device into a separate USB socket and hold the menu button until the Android Auto menu pops up.
There are several ways to find your way around Android Auto for your car :
The application is very intuitive and convenient, so it’s easy to get the knack of it.
There are tons of stories of people buying a car with Android Auto preinstalled, then finding out that it’s not supported in their country. At present, it’s available in around 36 regions. If you don’t have the application in your Google Play Store, it means your region is not on the list of supported countries.
But you shouldn’t give up - there is an Android Auto hack (even two) that can turn things around. What you can do is:
A little party workaround never killed nobody.
If your vehicle is not compatible with the original software, it doesn’t mean that your only option is a cumbersome Android Auto head unit swap. LEADSIGNAUTO LDS interface offers an easy plug & play installation that takes 1-2 hours at most.
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