Android Auto Now Available in More Cars as Over 60 Brands Officially Support It

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The list of carmakers supporting Android Auto is growing and growing, and the latest big name to add it is none other than Porsche.
The German company announced that starting with the 2022 model year, all 911 models would feature Android Auto alongside CarPlay, whose support is already available in most of its cars.

Android Auto doesn’t come alone on Porsche’s cars, as it’ll be introduced as part of the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) update that includes a 10.9-inch display with touch support.

The tech upgrade also includes Porsche Connect for three years, with a wide array of new-generation features, such as “Hey, Porsche” support to invoke a digital assistant, navigation with real-time traffic information, online map updates, and SiriusXM with 360L offered with a 3-month trial subscription.

While this is the first time Android Auto becomes available on a Porsche, the German manufacturer has also improved its support for CarPlay, so buyers will also get direct integration of Apple Music and Apple Podcasts, though these services would require a subscription too.

Porsche joining the Android Auto club brings the total number of brands officially supporting Google’s app to over 60, according to the official website where the search giant lists the carmakers currently offering AA on their cars—note that Porsche isn’t included just yet.

But on the other hand, it’s important to keep in mind that Android Auto is actually available in many more cars, as lots of drivers out there have performed third-party head unit upgrades to get new infotainment capabilities, including support for Google’s app, either wirelessly or with a cable connection.

While it’s hard to estimate how many cars current have Android Auto support, it’s pretty clear the ecosystem is growing. The only thing needed now is for Google to become more committed to this app in the long term, especially as users keep complaining about way too many glitches.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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