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Saturday, September 19, 2015

ABC News Is The Latest Android Auto Compatible App [App Review]

ABC News has just added Android Auto compatibility to its Android app making it the latest to join the long list of third-party applications. Through the app you will now be able to stream ABC News Radio in your car through the Android Auto interface.

But that's all you'll be able to do with ABC News. The integration is the most simplistic we've seen so far. Read along for full details and Android Auto screenshots.

ABC News Breaking Latest News (Android App)

The ABC News Android app has far more features than what's offered on Android Auto. With the Android app you can get breaking U.S. and world news, personalized alerts, favorites, a news Inbox where all your saved stories are kept, and much more.

There's also a new Watch & Read feature where you can continue reading news stories while watching video. Daily Rewind and Best Reads sections make the app experience even more interesting. Video clips from ABC News shows like Good Morning America, Nightline etc. can also be watched.

I did notice some scaling issues when rotating between landscape and portrait orientations in the smartphone app. But these do not affect the Android Auto interface in any way.

ABC News Radio can be accessed through the app. Which brings me to the Android Auto interface...

ABC News in Android Auto

In Android Auto, ABC News can be found in the Audio tab on the homescreen. On launching the app you will be brought to this page...

As you can see, the interface is very minimalistic. There's one menu button at the top (where it says ABC News), a skip forward button, pause/play, and a browse playlist button. The menu button and browse playlist buttons both do the same thing - bring up a list that shows 'ABC News Radio' as the only option.

You can skip news stories by tapping the skip forward button. There's no way of looking and browsing through a list of stories. There's no way of going back to a story. Stories included in the playlist are from different news categories like World News, Technology, Weather etc. News stories are updated every hour. The audio quality is good.

And that's all there's to it. The only feature the ABC News app offers in Android Auto is access to ABC News Radio.

Link to download: ABC News from Google Play

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