General Motors just became a hotbed of Android Auto capability. More than 30 US models under Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac can now support Android Auto, many through a free update, announced this week.
The new GM models eligible for the update, previously supported only CarPlay.
Drivers must go to their local car dealership for the update, which takes about 30 minutes to download. Additionally, users must download an Android Auto app to their smartphone.
A GM spokesperson said, “We feel that this represents the first stage of truly updatable vehicles. Expanding beyond simple mapping updates, and adding new functionality after vehicle purchase allows vehicles to hold their value longer and keeps in-vehicle technology up-to-date.”
GM claims Chevrolet now offers more Android Auto and CarPlay models than any other car maker with 14 models.
Select Chevy 2016 models with 8-inch MyLink systems can get the update, while some models with 7-inch screens already include both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
You can see a list of Chevy models eligible for the Android Auto update here.
Buicks getting the Android Auto update include 2016 Regal or LaCrosse models with 8-inch IntelliLink systems.
GMC models getting the Android Auto update include Canyon, Sierra and Yukon models with the 8-inch IntelliLink.
Cadillac models that can now support Android Auto include the all new 2016 CT6 and 2017 Cadillac XT5 crossover. Also owners of the 2016 Cadillac CUE can receive the Android Auto update (excluding the SRX).
Android Auto is built around Google Maps, Google Now and the ability to talk to Google, as well as an audio and messaging app system that includes WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, Spotify, and podcast players. A full list of supported apps is available at g.co/androidauto