Google has announced on its Android Twitter account that Android Auto has drastically expanded its list of new countries where it has started being available beginning today.
Before today, Android Auto was available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and New Zealand.
From today on, Brazil and 17 more countries have made it on the list: Russia, India, Panama, Switzerland, Argentina, Guatemala, Columbia, Austria, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
This is nowhere near to all the countries where the Android operating system is available in, so there are more locations that will be added in time.
However, it’s nice to see that Google is focused on offering the service to more and more people. It shows the tech giant is serious about Android Auto and about helping the platform continue to grow across the globe.
Thankfully, you don’t need to buy a brand new car to have Android Auto, as there are a number of third-party head units that will make whatever vehicle you’re driving compatible with Google’s car service. There are at least 6 units from Pioneer, 4 from Kenwood and 1 from JBL that you can look into.
Meanwhile, there are also many car manufacturers that incorporate Android Auto into their models, such as Buick, Audi, Ford, Acura, Chevy, Volvo, GMC, Chrysler, Volkswagen and many others.
But if you don’t afford any of the cars mentioned above, don’t fret; more are on the way, as they have taken part in the Open Automotive Alliance and are currently working with Google to make Android Auto available in their cars.
If you are unfamiliar with Google’s car service, Android Auto is something like plugging in a laptop to a monitor. A lot of the OS runs from your phone (or from the car’s GPS system), and what it does is mirror your smartphone’s screen onto the display in the car.
The great majority of car makers have opted for a touch screen for Android Auto, except Audi, which has chosen to keep their current system made up of trackpad and rotary dial for interacting with the display.
It’s been a little over a year since Android Auto has become publicly available, and many cars and head units have already incorporated it. If you’re in one of the 18 countries added to the list, the Android Auto app is up for download from the Play Store.
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