Google has recently announced that Android Auto will receive official support in a number of European, African, and Asian countries, and it is particularly good news for Hungary, as it is also going to get support.
According to Hvg, Android Auto, only supported in 36 countries so far, will soon cover twice that many, 72 countries. The service will be continuously rolled out in the newly supported countries in the coming weeks, so Hungary might need to wait a little bit before the service is active.
Previously, anyone who wanted to use Android Auto in Hungary needed to use a trick and manually tinker with the app’s folders, but this will not be necessary in the future.
24 says that with Android Auto, mobile apps can be displayed on the car’s own infotainment system, so even Waze, Spotify, and Google Calendar become easy to use. There will be no need to look at your small device’s display to use such apps anymore. You will also be able to contact Google Now at any time.
In order to use Android Auto, a smartphone running Android 10 must simply be connected to the car’s infotainment unit with a USB cable. For smartphones running older Android operating systems, the Android Auto app must be downloaded separately. But the latest, Android 11 devices will be able to connect to the car wirelessly.
Google and Apple have been offering motorists a solution that blurs the line between built-in navigation and smartphones since the mid-2010s. The former’s solution is Android Auto and the latter’s is CarPlay, but none of them had received any official support in Hungary before.
The basic idea is very simple: the smartphone runs Waze or Google Maps and displays its image, among other functions, not on its own, but on the car’s central display.
If the device is also allowed to be connected to the car’s audio system, then the smartphone can access the car’s GPS and mobile network antennas. After that, the navigation software is easy to operate via simple voice commands or even buttons on the steering wheel or the centre console. In most cases, the smart device needs to be connected to the car with a USB cable. Slowly but surely, the wireless method is gaining some ground on both platforms with wireless recharging capabilities as well.
Source: 24.hu, Hvg.hu