Android Auto enters India, to revolutionize in-car connectivity
Indian Android Users are in for a treat, as Google has finally announced official introduction of the Android Auto in-car connectivity platform in the country. Along with India, the infotainment system platform has been made available in 17 other countries including Russia, Austria, Colombia, Brazil and Switzerland. This system is a head-on rival of Apple’s CarPlay ecosystem, where both provide features like maps support, voice calling, messaging, music playback, and voice commands.
For those who are unaware of the working of Android Auto, it is a smartphone projection standard that allows car users to control and operate their Android Mobile phones, through the dashboard mounted head-unit. This connectivity medium allows a plethora of features to be used by the users on the go, without the need to take out his/her hand held device from their pockets. Moreover, Android Auto is compatible with both touchscreen and button controlled infotainment displays, thus broadening the amount of cars that it will be affecting.
In order to use this advanced technology, the users would need an android device running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or a higher version, a USB port and cable, and a compatible in-car infotainment system.
Though Android Auto in India will eventually be coming in a variety of cars, Mahindra and Mahindra have already announced their plans to debut this new connectivity platform in the XUV 500 and Scorpio. Maruti too may roll out an update soon for its new infotainment system, equipped with the Baleno.