Android Auto combines Google Map, media player, and calling into one interface. The UI is easy to use with large fonts and buttons, and there is a built-in extension for the Google Assistant.
This app performs well on high battery. The transitions between modes are fast and seamless. If you’re driving, there’s a hands-free option to navigate. You can use this app by using voice commands via Google Assistant. It may take some setting up if you haven’t already used Google Map. Android Auto will sync all your saved addresses and favourite locations.
Prepare to give up a lot of access before using this little utility package. It can include contact, calendar, and SMS. It doesn’t have a messaging feature, so you can’t receive or send texts. While this makes sense since it’s a driving app; the app asks for access to your messages, anyway.
Burns through data
Do not run this app if you don’t have a reliable 4G network. Unlike Google Map, where you can still navigate on as low as 2G, this one stops working. Turning on no-disturb mode helps reduce the lag somewhat, but it’s not a great solution.
Keep your phone plugged in when using this programme. It drains the battery quickly - around 10% an hour on a high-end device. RAM usage is also high, but this is understandable considering the heavy workload. You can share your location and trip progress via Messenger or other Google apps. The recipient doesn’t need to have the same program installed.
The app allows you to play music from any platform you have available on your phone. This includes your regular music player and streaming apps like Spotify. If you’re trying to save data and your battery life, stick with your favourite music application.
The file comes in a small size but uses a significant amount of battery and RAM. You also need at least a 3G connection to run it reliably. There’s a way to save your resources by turning on no-disturb mode. Doing this prevents calls and, as a byproduct, reduces memory consumption.
Once you’ve begun a trip, Android Auto makes it difficult to abort. The purpose is to keep your hands off the screen. At times this programme doesn’t recognize your voice commands. You can add locations and change routes, but cancelling a trip would need you to reboot.
Built for road warriors
There are a few extra features in this app that Google Map doesn’t have. The main tools are still the same, though. Unless you drive for a living, stick with the original. Most users will also find the extra modes unnecessary.