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Friday, October 2, 2015

Chevrolet Will Bring Android Auto To Various 2016 Vehicles Via Software Update

2016 Chevrolet Silverado truck owners get the option of having Apple CarPlay in their vehicle via the 7-inch or 8-inch MyLink system. But there is no Android Auto compatibility as of now. Well, that's going to change pretty soon according to the automaker.

Chevy has confirmed it will release a MyLink software update early next year which will add Android Auto to the already impressive infotainment system. The update will be available to 14 different 2016 vehicles including the 2016 Silverado. More details are below.

The MyLink software update will be available starting March 2016, when current and new 2016 Chevrolet owners with a 7-inch or 8-inch system, will be able to enjoy Android Auto with a compatible Android smartphone.

Alan Batey, president of General Motors North America and Global Chevrolet, made the announcement saying, "Thanks to the hard work and determination of our engineering team, Chevrolet consumers who use Android phones will not have to compromise when choosing which MyLink system meets their needs - both the 7-inch and 8-inch systems will offer Android Auto capability."

He also added that Chevrolet is working with dealers to make the software update available quickly and easily to minimize inconvenience. Here is a list of vehicles that will get the update...

Spark (7-inch MyLink system)
Cruze (7- and 8-inch)
Malibu (7- and 8-inch)
Camaro (7- and 8-inch)
Silverado (7- and 8-inch)
Impala (8-inch)
Volt (8-inch)
Corvette (8-inch)
Colorado (8-inch)
Tahoe (8-inch)
Suburban (8-inch)

Some main tech features included in most 2016 vehicles include Chevrolet MyLink, Apple CarPlay (select vehicles), 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones, and OnStar. OnStar RemoteLink allows customers to remotely start their vehicle, lock/unlock doors, and send directions to the vehicle with OnStar navigation.

CarPlay and Android Auto (when available) will work when a compatible smartphone is connected. The MyLink screen will display a "Projection" icon when no phone is connected, which will change to indicate either CarPlay or Android Auto depending on the connected device.  Both systems allow you to run native and third-party applications in the car's dashboard.

Earlier this year, Chevrolet had announced plans of offering CarPlay and Android Auto in more 2016 models than any other automaker. If you remember, Chevrolet was also the first automaker to offer Siri Eyes Free.

Source: Chevrolet

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