Drivers have come to depend on apps on their phones to keep them connected, no matter where they are. Android Auto, just as Apple CarPlay does for iPhone users, lets drivers using an Android device access media, messaging, and navigation apps. Businesses interested in distributing their Android apps to cars through Google Play must make sure their apps meet certain criteria in regards to driver attention, layout, visual contrast, and interaction. With the right app, could your business help drivers stay connected?
How Can Your Business Benefit From Android Auto?
The best Android Auto apps are simple, free from distractions, and optimized for drivers and vehicles. Android Auto supports just three types of apps: media, messaging, and navigation. Media apps include music, radio, and audiobook players. Messaging apps let users receive incoming notifications, read messages aloud using text-to-speech, and let users reply using voice input. Navigation apps are fairly straightforward, helping you get from point A to point B as effortlessly as possible.
Does Android Auto work via Bluetooth?
Android Auto can work wirelessly via Bluetooth. Phones must meet minimum requirements, and vehicles must be compatible with Android Auto Wireless. Phones also require a strong cellular data connection.
Would your business benefit from an app optimized for drivers and vehicles? Third-party media apps already supported on Android Auto include Pandora, Spotify, Audible, OverDrive, NPR One, and Stitcher Podcast Player. Third-party messaging apps, also labeled as hands-free communication in the Google Play store, include WhatsApp, Skype, Telegram, and Messenger. Currently, navigation apps include both Google Maps and Waze, though Waze is limited only to drivers in Android Auto compatible vehicles.
Getting Started with Android Auto
App development for Auto has different guidelines and requirements than for other Android apps including those for tablets and wear apps. Android Auto apps have specific quality guidelines, particularly in regards to safety and preventing driver distraction. Businesses should know that only apps that are usable on Auto will be designated as Auto apps on Google Play. The best Android Auto apps are simple, free from distractions, and optimized for drivers and vehicles. Best practices for Auto apps, include using voice commands and a very simple visual design. Most generic UI elements, such as navigation panel, backgrounds, fonts, and icons, are provided by the platform.
Businesses can develop and publish apps for use in vehicles through their existing Play Console account, using their current distribution and pricing settings. Before being available for distribution, Auto Apps go through an additional driver safety review after being submitted to the Play Store. Apps must pass this driver safety review before being available in the Play Store. Once your app is approved, Android users will be able to access it via Android Auto through their vehicle’s infotainment system or directly through their device.
Building apps that make business sense, Copper Mobile can help you develop the right Android Auto App for your company. Get started by scheduling a discovery session with one of our engineers.
- The best Android Auto apps are simple, free from distractions, and optimized for drivers and vehicles.
- App development for Auto has different guidelines and requirements than for other Android apps.
- Businesses can benefit from Android Auto by developing apps that keep drivers connected and entertained.