Android Auto Update: Lollipop OS Powered-Feature goes to Battle with Apple CarPlay for Chevrolet Autos

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Android Auto is Google's solution for a car's dashboard info-tainment system.

Chevy has just recently announced that their MyLink infotainment system will have a software update soon. The American car manufacturer will roll out a big chunk come March 2016.

Android phones can then be connected to the dashboard and will replace the current information with the phone's own system. Several features include selected music streaming apps and the Google Maps navigation system.  It is the counterpart of CarPlay for iOS.

Android Auto will give users the capacity to concentrate on the road ahead and not on the distracting visuals. Voice commands will be the primary way to control the dashboard replacement. It will also be integrated with Google Now.

Android Lollipop-ran devices are the only OS that can be integrated with Android Auto. The update will be coming from the car owners respective Chevrolet dealers, which will also handle the update process itself. This step eliminates possible issues that an owner may encounter if they will do the update themselves, CNET reported.

Initially, it was supposed to be 2016 Chevy vehicles with only the 8-inch MyLink displays. Later on, Chevy announced that vehicles with the 7-inch MyLink display will also be included. However, there are selected models that will not be able to use Android Auto.

Currently, there is no official word yet of the upcoming Android 6.0 Marshmallow being supported by Android Auto.  Nevertheless, with the present timetable of the intended update and the release of the latest Android OS, there is a big possibility that it will also work with Marshmallow.

Chevrolet is the only American automaker with the most announced 2016 lineup that can support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.  The models are Suburban, Tahoe, Colorado, Corvette Convertible, Corvette, Volt, Impala, Silverado HD, Silverado, Camaro, Camaro Convertible, Spark, Malibu and Cruze, as reported by Android Headlines.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are revolutionizing road experience.

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