Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay have been vying to control your cars infotainment screen for a while now, but Google's latest update could very well ring the death knell for Apple.
Currently, to use either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, car owners either have to shell out the cash for a new car which has an infotainment system with either platform built in — the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza (pictured above) for example runs Apple CarPlay. The other option available is to buy aftermarket head units from suppliers like Pioneer or others.
However, Google is all set to change all that when Android Auto 2.0 rolls out to phones in the near future. Instead of requiring compatible specialized hardware, the new update will allow users to run Android Auto on their phone.
Simply put, if you have a phone that is running on Android Lollipop (Version 5.0) or above then you can run Android Auto in your vehicle, no matter the age of said vehicle.
Even better, if your car has bluetooth audio, then Android Auto will immediately be switched on as soon as you enter your car and turn it on.
Google has made the Android interface much easier to use despite the lack of real estate on your phone's smaller screen by adding larger buttons, so you don't have to fiddle around with whatever's happening while driving.
The company is also working on integrating the 'OK Google' voice command (set to arrive later) into Android Auto so that it becomes a totally hands-free interface allowing you to concentrate on driving.