If you have been following this year’s Google I/O Developers Conference, you would have heard the big announcement that Android Auto will be making its debut this year. Audi has heard it too and has made an announcement of its own.
Audi will be releasing its first car models that support Apple’s Carplay and Google’s Android Auto in the beginning of next year, 2015. This comes as expected as the German Automobile company was one of the first to sign up with Google earlier this year when the Open Automative Alliance (OAA) was launched. Not only does Audi have the advantage of manufacturing cars equipped with Android Auto, it also has gone on to say that it has been working with Apple in planning for other future models to be equipped with CarPlay’s Siri controlled software.
Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto are more or less same in its features. What would make you choose between the two is, yes you’ve guessed it, the type of mobile phone you’re using. iPhone users should opt for CarPlay and Android users obviously should choose Android Auto. However, if you can’t afford a spanking new car, not to worry. Apple has ensured that it’s new operating system (OS) will be available at more affordable upgrades with Pioneer’s infotainment system. Google has yet to comment on whether it too will have a similar alternative.
Audi prides itself as being one of the first luxury car companies to have access to CarPlay and Android Auto, but don’t be surprised if many other car makers follow this lead. If you can’t wait till 2015, you’re in luck too! There are lots of choices for you as well. Google has assured its user that the Android Auto will be used in car models later this year. Apple too, has confirmed that car models using its software will be available by the end of the year.