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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

8 New Messaging, Podcast, News, And Music Apps Added To Android Auto

If you've been trying to keep up with third-party app additions to CarPlay and Android Auto over the last few weeks, it's been hectic. While CarPlay added quite a few apps, all were of the music/audio streaming variety. Android Auto, on the other hand, has added apps for messaging, podcasting, news, and music.

Apps added to Android Auto include DoggCatcher Podcast Player, 7digital Music Store, MDPlayer, OverDrive, Radio Paradise, OnChatt, KSL News, and Nextplus. Here is a roundup...

1. DoggCatcher Podcast Player

DoggCatcher was one of the first podcasting apps on Android. The app now allows users to stream their favorite podcasts from their car dashboard using Android Auto. The latest update that added Android Auto support was released on October 30. DoggCatcher also allows you to download podcasts to your device for offline listening. The app costs $2.99. For full details and to purchase DoggCatcher, visit Google Play.

2. 7digital Music Store

7digital Music Store is sort of an alternative to the Google Play Music store on Android. The app allows you to purchase music for your device. The best part of 7digital is it features high resolution FLAC audio files which are available as 320kbps MP3s. In addition to purchasing music, users can also stream songs to their device. Download 7digital to your Android phone and enjoy it in CarPlay by visiting Google Play.

3. MDPlayer

MDPlayer is an audio player for Android. It plays music already on your smartphone, allows you to arrange it in playlists, plays audio books, and now works with Android Auto. There is also an equalizer and widgets available. You can download MDPlayer from Google Play today.

4. OverDrive

OverDrive is an eBook and audiobook streaming app. It gives you access to over 30,000 libraries worldwide. These libraries allow you to borrow books the old fashion way. After your rental period, books get automatically removed from your library (like returning a book). OverDrive is great for students and is now available on Android Auto. The app is also available on iTunes, but isn't CarPlay compatible. Get the latest version of OverDrive from Google Play today.

5. Radio Paradise

Another music streaming app added to Android Auto. Radio Paradise streams music selected and "mixed by two real human beings" from genres ranging from modern and classical rock, to world music and jazz. Streaming is commercial-free. Download Radio Paradise from Google Play today.

6. OnChatt

This messaging app has recently added Android Auto support. OnChatt is secure and fast and allows transfer of media. Group chats are also available along with audio messaging, stickers, animations etc. But like other messaging apps in Android Auto, OnChatt doesn't offer a dedicated interface. Notifications show up in Android Auto when you receive a new message. Get the latest version of OnChatt from Google Play today.

7. KSL News

This is a local radio station streaming app from Utah. The Android app allows video streaming on the smartphone but not in Android Auto, obviously. KSL News covers breaking news, weather, sports etc for Utah residents. You can download KSL News by visiting Google Play.

8. Nextplus Free SMS Text + Calls

This free app allows you to sent instant messages and make calls. You can even get a free phone number for your troubles. There is free unlimited incoming and outgoing calls to any phone number and unlimited free texting. The service works over an internet connection and does not require cellular service. The app is developed by textPlus. Download the latest version of Nextplus from Google Play today.

Source: Google Play

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