Android Auto Update For Select Chevrolet 2016 Models

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Android Auto Update For Select Chevrolet 2016 Models.

Chevys fitted with the 7-inch MyLink system will be able to use Android Auto as soon as customers take delivery on their vehicle. Chevrolet did something a little unusual when it announced its rollout of Android Auto and CarPlay a few months ago: only 2016 models with the company’s 7-inch infotainment display would get both systems out of the gate, while models with the slightly larger 8-inch display would only get CarPlay at first and Android Auto would come later.The company earlier this year promised to offer Google’s smartphone integration system on 14 different vehicles for the 2016 model year, however availability information was not announced at the time.If you’re in the market for a brand new vehicle then you might be interested in knowing that Chevrolet has made an announcement regarding some of their select 2016 vehicle model lineups. The official list includes the seven-inch MyLink infotainment system on the Spark; the seven- or eight-inch radios on the Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, and Silverado; and the eight-inch systems available for the Impala, Volt, Corvette, Colorado, Tahoe and Suburban.

For those who wanted more details on the new platform, Chevrolet has since posted a press release detailing how the update will be issued to its customers, and for starters it will require owners to own a car with an 8-inch MyLink system. Being the egalitarian brand that it is, the Android Auto rollout will span 14 vehicles in the range, from the subcompact Spark to the 650-horsepower, Italian supercar-trouncing Corvette Z06.

Drivers are presented with a ‘Projection’ icon on the MyLink screen when a compatible phone (Android Lollipop 5.0+) is connected via USB, enabling many features to be accessed and controlled from a driver-streamlined interface without touching the mobile device. Updates are being performed by Chevrolet dealers and apparently they are working hard to make sure these updates are placed before consumers make any additional purchases.

Unfortunately, early buyers of 2016 models will have to wait until March to access Android Auto after receiving a software update installed by a Chevrolet dealer. The company states, “The 14 Chevrolet models include vehicles ranging from the brand’s most affordable car, the all-new 2016 Spark, to its highest performance model, the Corvette Z06.” Alan Batey, president GM North America and Global Chevrolet also said, “We are working with our dealers to make the software update as quick and easy as possible to minimize any inconvenience to our owners.” Now we expect that there are some of you guys out there who might have some reservations about using these new systems like CarPlay or Android Auto.

If you’re wondering if your phone will be compatible with your car, Android Auto requires Lollipop 5.0 operating system or higher, while Apple CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later. This is a customized Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system that will allow consumers to use select applications within their vehicles touchscreen display. If you’d rather not update then you won’t have to do anything on your end, but if you’d like to see what the future might be like for vehicle infotainment, then March 2016 will be the date to look forward to. For instance, the in-car display could feature applications such as Google Maps, Google Now, Google Play Music, along with third party applications like Spotify and Pandora. There’s been a bigger push for vehicle manufacturers to offer compatibility with both Google’s Android Auto along with Apple’s CarPlay for iOS devices and now we know Chevrolet is showing their support for their consumers.

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