Customers who use Android phones will be able to connect in select 2016 Chevrolets, thanks to a software update offering Android Auto compatibility that will be available in March through Chevy dealers.
“Thanks to the hard work and determination of our engineering team, Chevrolet consumers who use Android phones will not have to compromise when choosing which MyLink system meets their needs – both the seven-inch and eight-inch systems will offer Android Auto capability,” said Alan Batey, president GM North America and Global Chevrolet. “We are working with our dealers to make the software update as quick and easy as possible to minimize any inconvenience to our owners.”
After the update, 14 Chevrolet models – ranging from the Spark to the Corvette Z06 – will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, more than any automotive brand.
Customers can already use Apple CarPlay, and Chevrolet says that in less than one year, it has connected more than a half-million customers to high-speed 4G LTE Wi-Fi. Using Android or Apple is easy in one of the compatible 2016 models, Chevrolet says.
A “Projection” icon on the MyLink screen is visible when a phone is not connected, then changes to indicate either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto (whichever is applicable) when a compatible phone is connected via USB. Android phones must be running a minimum of the Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system, while Apple users must have an iPhone 5 or higher.
The actual user interfaces are designed and developed by Apple (for Apple CarPlay) and Google (for Android Auto).
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