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Saturday, September 5, 2015

This Is How WhatsApp And Other Messaging Apps Work In Android Auto [Video]

You can look high and low but you won't find a native Android Auto interface for any of the compatible messaging apps. This is because Google has decided to allow all messaging apps to work only using voice commands. CarPlay, on the other hand, is a little different.

In CarPlay, Messages (which is the only messaging app currently compatible) has a dedicated interface. Although you can't read any of your texts on the CarPlay screen, you do get a list of your recent messages by the name of the person who sent them.

In Android 5.0 Lollipop, the SMS messaging app has been included inside Hangouts (which is a little annoying in my opinion). But Hangouts doesn't have a dedicated Android Auto interface or even an icon you can click on to launch. The only way to send messages is using voice commands.

Android Auto has plenty of third-party messaging apps that are compatible with the software. WhatsApp is perhaps one of the popular ones. Check out this short video on how you can receive and send texts in Android Auto...

This video comes from Erin Riches Wong (via YouTube). In the video, a 2015 Hyundai Sonata is used which features Android Auto as an OEM dashboard system. The voice interaction for WhatsApp in Android Auto is similar to other messaging apps.

Source: Erin Riches Wong (via YouTube)

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