Android Users Rejoice
Google’s Android™ smartphone users now have a similar in-dash technology option available to them as Apple© users do with CarPlay™. It’s called Android Auto and is an interface into aftermarket car radios that puts your Android phone in your dash. At Driven Audio we carry many choices from Pioneer and Kenwood, all displayed in our store for an interactive ‘try it out’ experience. Connect your Samsung Galaxy, HTC, Nexus, LG or other Android-based smartphone to our display and see the wonder of a completely integrated in-dash experience. Android Auto integrated to aftermarket in-dash radios is feature packed and promotes much safer driving because everything you need to access is in the dash instead of picking up your smartphone.
Some Of The Incredible Android Auto Features Include:
- You can display the phone’s important ‘car-based’ apps on the screen so they are easily accessed by voice (and potentially in the future, by touch screen). Text messaging, Google maps, Google music, your own stored music library and internet radio (such as Pandora, iHeartRadio, Spotify, TuneIn, etc.). This voice-controlled functionality eliminates the need to pick up the phone and interact with it during certain ‘attention-critical’ functions so you can keep eyes on the road and be in compliance with the BC driving laws. The app icons on the screen are much larger and easier to see than the phone’s screen anyway.
- You can choose audio from the phone’s stored music, streaming through the cellular data connection, from an aux input to the radio (such as a friend’s phone, DVD player or video game console), or the built-in AM/FM tuner in the radio. Many radios have their own disc player (CD or DVD), and can add Sirius XM so there are additional music sources from which to choose. You’ll have enough audio source choices to drive clear across Canada if you want.
- Choose to use real time Google Maps from the Android smartphone or the on-board GPS navigation offered in many of our radios to navigate safely to your destination. Either way, maps and your route is displayed on the screen in the dash so you need not reach for the phone. Voice prompts in either case are spoken through the vehicle’s speakers so the sound is crystal clear. You’ll also enjoy real time traffic alerts and road information when using Google maps as your navigation source.
- Android Auto-enabled radios can often integrate with existing factory steering wheel controls, factory USB plugs (where present, or we can add them) and factory ‘aux input’ plugs. This provides a more seamless experience because you can connect into and use the factory items you already know.
Full accessibility to your contact list in the smartphone. This makes for very safe and easy hands-free calling and in most phones that support voice dialing from Google Voice, Android Auto enables that same functionality either from the steering wheel or from the touch screen on the new radio.
Did we mention the radio itself? All of our Android Auto-based in-dash radios offer crisp, clear 7” displays with touch screen control. This means it’s easier to see than the smartphone screen and much safer to operate while still keeping eyes on the road.
- Android Auto-based in-dash radios also charge your Android smartphone so you need not worry about a separate charging adapter or cord. We can install the connector in an out of the way location so that you can place your phone in the console, armrest storage or any other spot where it’s out of your way and messy cords are a thing of the past.
- Add a backup camera to the new radio and display the reverse image on the large LCD screen so you can increase the safety of your parking and maneuvering into tight spots. If your vehicle already has a factory-installed backup camera, we can integrate it with the new radio so you maintain all of the original safety features while adding Android Auto.
Visit Us For An Android Auto Demonstration
Visit us today with your vehicle and phone for a complimentary Android Auto demonstration in our Abbotsford, BC facility. If you are an Android-based smartphone user, we have many great Android Auto technology solutions for you! And remember, whatever we install for you comes with a lifetime installation labour guarantee to back it all up. Take your dashboard into the future with Android Auto at Driven Audio.