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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Keep Track Of The Latest Third-Party Apps In Android Auto The Right Way [How To]

Over the last few weeks there have been plenty of new third-party apps added to Android Auto for use in your car while driving. Android Auto, like CarPlay, allows you to use smartphone apps in a compatible car or aftermarket head unit. Dedicated in-car interfaces (for most apps) ensures safety and undistracted driving.

But how to you keep up with which apps are added to Android Auto or CarPlay. Well, CarPlay is a little difficult as Apple doesn't include an "Apps for CarPlay" section in iTunes. Google, on the other hand, has an "Apps for Android Auto" section in the Google Play Store.

The list cannot be accessed directly from Google Play though. This is how to get to that app list from your Android smartphone.

You will need to be running Android 5.0 Lollipop or later on your smartphone. You will also need the latest version of the Android Auto app from Google Play.

How to find "Apps for Android Auto"

1. Launch the Android Auto app on your smartphone

2. Scroll down to find "Browse compatible apps" and tap on it.

3. This will launch the Google Play Store with the lists of compatible apps.

4. Apps are arranged in two categories - Media Apps and Messaging Apps. Tap on "More" next to each category to browse.

And there you have it. It is strange that Google wouldn't include this section directly in Google Play. There are sections for things like Chromecast apps, Google Cast, Android Wear etc. but none for Android Auto. Maybe they will add that category in the future. And hopefully, so will Apple with CarPlay apps in iTunes.

1 comment :

  1. So why is Slacker not in the list? I've been using it since they enable AA support but it has never shown up on the "official" list of supported apps.


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