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Android Auto: The information you need for the road ahead

Android Auto is one of the most exciting recent developments in car audio. Just like Apple Carplay, you can display important information from your phone onto your compatible android auto aftermarket head unit!

With an Android Auto compatible vehicle or aftermarket head unit and an Android device running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher, you can have the same apps and services you use on your smartphone, like GPS navigation or Google Play music streaming, and control them from your car stereo. All you have to do is plug in your phone to the microUSB port and download the Android Auto app from the Google Play store.

An Android Auto compatible head unit will allow you to display and use Google Maps, utilize voice control, use apps like Pandora and Spotify for music streaming, and much more all while having your hands on the wheel. Not only is having this information on your car stereo convenient, it is designed to keep you and your loved ones safe by making sure you don’t have to reach for your phone while driving. Let’s go into some details that the Android Auto feature provides.

If you’re looking for an Android Auto aftermarket head unit, there is a list of models at the end of the blog

Android Auto Head Unit Navigation

Android Auto Navigation

A great feature on many Android smartphones is the GPS navigation. Android Devices that use Google Maps can be connected and projected onto an Android Auto compatible head unit for an easy to use GPS interface. The projected display has a simple and intuitive interface with large buttons that make it easy to quickly make a selection. You will have voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance and suggestions on where you might want to go based on your recent searches or daily driving routine.

Music Streaming on an Android Auto Head Unit

Android Auto Music Streaming

The head unit will also play music in your car from different apps. Google Play Music, Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio are all compatible. If you have Google Play Music, this experience will be even better by being able to simply use the voice command. Saying “play music” will get the music started, or you can say “play” and then the song or artist you want to hear. All you have to do to stop the music is say “pause” after pushing the voice command button.

Talk, Text, Reminders on Android Auto Head Unit

Android Auto Reminders through text to speech and text

Android Auto keeps you connected to your friends, family, coworkers and your day-to-day routines in a safe way while on the road. You can make calls, send and receive messages and set reminders all while having your hands on the wheel. When you want to make a call just press and hold the voice command button on your steering wheel (or press the microphone button on the display) and say “call” and the contact name or phone number. You can set time-based or location-based reminders by pressing the voice command button or mic button and saying the reminder. You will have the reminders you set in your car on your phone when you disconnect from the car stereo. Keep in mind you will need to have Google Now on to set reminders.

Steering Wheel Controls = Safer Driving

Many cars that have an Android Auto head unit utilize the steering wheel controls (SWC) so you don’t have to reach to the center of the dash when you want to change the volume or take a call. Many Android Auto aftermarket head units have the option to retain steering wheel controls so you can use them when your phone is connected.

Android Auto Compatible Apps

There are a ton of apps you can use with an Android Auto compatible head unit. Music apps like Google Play Music, Pandora, Spotify and iHeartRadio are all compatible. Skype and Google Hangouts are also available. If you want to browse through more apps that are compatible, check out a full list here.

Finding an Android Auto Aftermarket Head Unit

android auto compatible car stereos and features
When looking for an Android Auto aftermarket head unit, you can look for this logo on Sonic Electronix product pages to quickly identify if it has the Android Auto feature. Sonic Electronix stocks quality brands like Pioneer, Kenwood and JVC with this feature. Check out our selection and get your new Android Auto aftermarket head unit!

Android Auto Aftermarket Head Units

Here are some Android Auto aftermarket head units on the market:

    • Pioneer



Legend CP100

You can find an Android Auto aftermarket head unit on the Sonic Electronix website!

Check out this tutorial of Android Auto on a Pioneer NEX aftermarket head unit!

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