Google hasn’t convinced carmakers to adopt Android Automotive, despite Polestar and Volvo’s efforts. Honda, Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC, and Renault are among the major companies that have partnered with Google to bring the OS to their cars, and Google expects adoption to quadruple by the end of the year.
Despite modest acceptance, Mountain View-based Google is upgrading Android Automotive 24/7.
Google’s long-term commitment to Android Automotive was demonstrated during I/O this year. Android Automotive surpasses Android Auto in communications and entertainment thanks to YouTube compatibility, smart message answers, and games.
Android Auto vs Android Automotive
Android Auto and Android Automotive are independent platforms with differing features, despite the misleading nomenclature.
Android Auto is Google’s smartphone projection system. The mobile device powers the screen as it’s a CarPlay alternative. Thus, the Android device must always be linked to the automobile head unit. A suitable media receiver is needed.
Android Automotive, a full-featured operating system, is installed in the car’s hardware rather than on a phone. Android Automotive controls the infotainment system, allowing one-tap access to music, navigation, and more.
Android Automotive, the native software powering infotainment, has more advanced features, including tighter car connectivity. Google Assistant lets drivers regulate cabin temperature by speech.
Google’s main product, Android Auto, is growing gradually, according to Google’s newest figures.
Google expects over 200 million automobiles to run Android Auto by the end of the year, with the Coolwalk UI coming to all devices in 2023.
However, some major enhancements were announced during I/O for Android Automotive.
First, YouTube. The Polestar and Volvo YouTube app lets drivers watch videos while parked. Google has overlooked Android Auto’s #1 feature request, YouTube integration. Android Automotive will receive YouTube solely, and Android Auto support isn’t anticipated.
YouTube on Android Auto is technically possible for Google. Like typing, the app may be blocked when the car moves. Google appears to want to keep YouTube exclusive to entice carmakers and customers to use its OS.
Google announced Android Automotive games. For the first time, Google OS-powered car owners may play games while parked. The driver’s eyes should always be on the road, but the games might be useful while waiting to pick up the kids from school.
Games have been on Android Auto for a while if you’ve used it. Google wants to bring the best of Android Auto to Android Automotive. Android Auto is a donor platform or testing environment for Google’s ideas before they’re ready for an operating system like Android Automotive.
Google Assistant’s smart message reply functionality also supports this strategy. This year, Android Automotive will offer suitable reply ideas for texts received while driving. Google Assistant will propose appropriate responses to text date requests, and you may reply with a tap.
It’s moving from Android Auto to Android Automotive.
Google intends to make Android Automotive the leading choice for carmakers and drivers globally. Android Automotive can acquire market share fast with these upgrades.