Waze is finally available on Android Auto

After a couple of months of beta testing, the popular, Google-owned navigation service Waze has finally made its way to Android Auto.

The Android Auto app retains the functionality of its mobile counterpart, including the familiar police, traffic, and crash reporting features, but adapts everything for the much larger screen of your car’s center console. Everything is pretty straightforward, especially if you have experience with the mobile app, and initiating routes is easier than ever. All it takes is an “Ok Google” and the name your final stop. Of …


The best auto and automotive apps for Android and iOS you can have in 2017

Some of us spend a significant part of our lives driving around, so we might as well make the experience as comfortable and efficient as possible. That’s where these five apps come in – they will help you track and organize car costs, drive and navigate better, pump cheaper gas, or easily buy and sell vehicles. These are some of the best car apps you can have in 2017 or any year, really, so make good use of them. We hope the selection is valuable to you!
Drivvo

Download: Android | iOSPrice: Free

Drivvo helps …

Ford updates its 2016 vehicles to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Ford is bringing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay software support to its 2016 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3 and adding that support will be as simple as downloading a piece of software from owner.ford.com and installing it with a USB drive (you can also get the update over the air if your vehicle supports Wi-Fi, or take the car to a dealership). The massive update will be available for some 800,000 vehicles.
Needless to say, having access to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay makes the infotainment system on Ford cars much more modern, streamlined …

Google Allo's latest update brings support for Android Auto, animated emoji

As it turns out, Allo isn’t quite the success Google wanted it to be, but the company isn’t giving up on it – quite the opposite, actually. An update to the messaging platform’s Android app today has brought support for a somewhat big new feature: support for Android Auto.

After the update, upon receiving an Allo notification, it will be displayed on the screen as well as read out loud, rather than be hidden behind the app’s interface, as was the case until now. Users can now also dictate a message to reply with, or automatically send a prewritten response.
Apart …

Google Photos update adds auto white balance feature to Android

Following an important update for its Gmail application, Google announced that Photos app is getting a brand new feature as well. However, the new version released today by Google will only be available to Photos users on desktop and Android. The iOS version will receive the new feature at a later date.

Auto white balance is the new feature Google Photos users will be able to take advantage of starting this week. With the latest version of the app, when the photo editor is open, you can select a look, and the application will automatically correct the white balance in the image, not just …

VLC beta for Android gets loads of new features, including voice search and Android Auto support

The folks over at VideoLabs are about to unleash a major update for their VLC app for Android devices. Several new features have been added to the beta version of VLC, and if trialed successfully, they should be available to everyone very soon.

First of all, the developers have added support for LG devices with 18:9 aspect ratio, like the G6 smartphone, recently announced. Also, there’s a new option that allows VLC users to save subtitles delay and optionally audio delay for each file.

The update will also integrate a DayNight mode and remove the sound lowering notification. …

Toyota adopts Ford AppLink to keep Apple CarPlay Android Auto honest

Toyota will work with Ford to integrate an open-source version of Ford’s Sync AppLink into future Toyota vehicles. The software, called SmartDeviceLink (yes, three words concatenated) lets a car access and control applications running on the smartphone, using the car’s LCD, dashboard controls, and voice input button. This is roughly the same as what Apple CarPlay and Android Auto do.

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Two differences will be apparent immediately between AppLink / SmartDeviceLink on one hand and CarPlay / Android Auto on the other: Ford claims more than 70 apps already available (AppLink apps should run as SmartDeviceLink apps as well). CarPlay and Android Auto have just a handful. Also, there may be more freedom for automakers to tweak and brand the interface the user sees on the LCD. Right now, it’s hard to tell a CarPlay app on a Chevrolet from one on a Volvo or Ford.