Google says over 200 car models support Android Auto, which is hard to believe, but still plenty of cars are without it.
So Google will release shortly (“in days”) Android Auto 2.0 (as is previewed earlier), which runs right on your phone to provide music, directions, navigation and messages.
If the car has a compatible radio screen, it can show Android Auto on the screen, in the same interface we are accustomed to in the original Android Auto. If not, the phone can be placed in a windshield or dash mount.
The app will automatically launch when paired with the car radio’s Bluetooth, or with a car mount that includes Bluetooth.
Google said, “Keep an eye out for Bluetooth-supported car mounts such as Logitech’s SmartCar mount, which is coming soon to the Google Store and select retail locations.”
The app will be controlled by voice, so saying “OK Google,” will let you keep your eyes on the road. Google said it will be improving voice support “in the coming weeks.”
Android Auto 2.0 works with Android phones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher.
General Motors now offers both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on 30 models. Ford in 2017 will offer Android Auto and CarPlay on every vehicle it sells, according to Cars.com.
Engadget has a full review of Android Auto 2.0 app.