Chevy sets Android Auto rollout date for select 2016 models

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Chevrolet Android Auto update announced, will be available in March.

Chevys fitted with the 7-inch MyLink system will be able to use Android Auto as soon as customers take delivery on their vehicle. The update will be available exclusively through Chevrolet dealers who will install new software on vehicles equipped with an 8-inch MyLink infotainment 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.

The car maker has announced that an Android Auto software update will only reach its 2016 model year vehicles this March, starting with those which have 8-inch MyLink touchscreen systems. Now the post-show dust has settled and the manufacturers have all had their say, below we’re rounding up who announced what with support for our favorite in-car system. This means that if you wanted to update your system to Android Auto, you will need to take your vehicle into a Chevrolet dealer in order to get it upgraded.

In a statement, GM North America and Global Chevrolet President Alan Batey 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.” For Frankfurt, Seat announced that a range of its new cars will have support for Android Auto, alongside CarPlay, including the likes of the Ibiza Cupra pictured here. “The new CONNECT range comes with a new generation of SEAT Easy Connect infotainment systems.

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. 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.

And they offer a completely new level of connectivity – Media System Plus and the sat nav system can be connected with MirrorLink, Google Android Auto and Apple Car Play using SEAT Full Link. Astra is also one of the first vehicles from a mainstream manufacturer to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, available through a new version of the IntelliLink infotainment system.” Android Auto is a big deal, of course, but so is OnStar.

Audi and Jaguar Land Rover continue to do things their own way, some, like Ferrari, prefer to be Apple-exclusive, and others still think Mirrorlink is the way to go.

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