Keep in mind that not all apps work on Android Auto or can be installed on the car operating system. These applications are compatible with Android Auto, either from the car or driving it from the mobile, that is something very different.
Navigation apps compatible with Android Auto
The first is the first. Android Auto is a very suitable service to use navigation in a more extensive and comfortable way, without the need to be aware of the mobile screen where the map is not always clairvoyant.
There is not much to say about this application: not only does it allow you to get from one place to another thanks to the guided navigation of Navigation, it also offers points of interest (POI) as well as maps and traffic alerts. Its interface is perfectly adapted to Android Auto, sharing some of the functions it uses on mobile phones.
Waze is the eternal alternative to the most popular browser, although it is also owned by Google. It proposes a more social navigation, also with much more information in real time. Drivers upload accidents, speed cameras and other alerts (Maps also includes a selection), making it an excellent app for finding the fastest road.
Applications to listen to radio and podcasts in the car
The radio is one of the oldest entertainment systems in the interior of a car. Times are changing, and we can already try other technologies related to listening to radio stations on the internet. We also have the opportunity to listen to podcast programs from the car.
His name says it all: With Simple Radio you can listen to the radio in your car with Android Auto. Without complications. It offers more than 50,000 different stations categorized by genre, to make it easier for you to find your favorite radio station.
To close the section of radio apps for Android Auto we talk about Open Radio, a tool that uses the Android Auto SDK to provide the best possible experience when playing live content from thousands of radio stations around the world.
The famous Podcast Addict it also has an app compatible with Android Auto. It is one of the most popular apps in its category, with more than 10 million downloads thanks to its combination of hundreds of thousands of podcasts, radio stations and audiobooks that you can listen to anywhere. Including your car.
Play music or audiobooks on Android Auto
If before we said that radio has been accompanying cars for decades, the most listened to content of them is music. With Android Auto and these apps, we have the opportunity to listen to our favorite songs, without limitations or advertising cuts. Or, if we prefer, we can listen to stories through audiobooks.
In addition to being able to listen to music and podcasts from your car with Android Auto, you can also take advantage of your trips to enjoy audiobooks. To do this, one of the best apps that work with Android Auto is Audible, Amazon’s platform that has thousands of copies to listen to their stories without having to read them.
The famous music player DoubleTwist It also has its application compatible with Android Auto, from which you can play your entire music catalog through the car speakers.
The platform music streaming par excellence, Spotify, has its official app compatible with Android Auto. With it, you can browse your playlists, play your favorite songs and even listen to podcasts too, from the vehicle’s screen.
Youtube? There are better video apps for your Android car
It is not something that we recommend using while driving, so as not to distract the view of the road, but they are very suitable applications to take advantage of when the car is stationary. On occasions when we go on an excursion or we sleep in the car, we have several apps to watch videos.
Formerly known as YouTube Auto, CarStream is an app that Play videos from any source on your car screen. That is the theory. The reality is that, since Google decided to block the installation of apps from sources outside Google Play in Android Auto, and since it is not possible install APK files on Android Auto, this app only works on * mobiles with superuser or root permissions. To download it, you must access the project’s repository on GitHub.
If you are one of those who saves your music in the cloud, CloudPlayer for Android Auto it may be the music player you need in your car. The app allows extract music from different cloud storage units to listen to it anywhere. A good alternative to listen to our favorite music.
Apps to listen to news while driving
If what you want is to keep up to date with what is happening in the world, without advertising cuts, without filling conversations between the interlocutors, etc., you can look at this section to have an app in Android Auto where you can listen to current news.
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