Apple CarPlay vs Android Auto – the ultimate automotive mobility battle


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Getting the most out of your smartphone while driving is becoming an increasingly important factor in choosing technology.

Because of this, major players like Google and Apple will soon roll out their respective adaptors for on-the-go smartphone use.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will allow you to use your handsets to their fullest potential while in the car. These accessories enhance both convenience and safety, making it even easier for drivers to use their devices on the road.

Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will feature many of the apps and tools found on their respective smartphones.

  • Customers familiar with each company’s interface should find the navigation very user friendly.
  • Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be displayed through dashboard screens.
  • Users will be able to control music and podcasts, browse map directions, make or receive calls and send or receive text messages through both systems.

However, while they’ll both feel familiar to Google and Apple smartphone owners, there are some key differences that might swing the purchasing pendulum one way or the other for customers.

Android Auto


As you would expect, using Android Auto feels similar to using an Android smartphone. The interface pops up onto your dashboard screen when you plug in your Android phone with the home page displaying map, weather and communication options.

The layout will be familiar to those who have spent time with Google Now, especially the Google Maps and Google Play apps. Text messages are read to drivers, who can use their own voice to respond. However most other tasks are carried out via physical screen contact.

Apple CarPlay


While Android Auto is primarily controlled via touchscreen movements, Apple CarPlay will rely heavily on voice-activated commands. iPhone users will recognise the familiar Siri personal assistant system used to carry out many operations, leading to an even more hands-free experience, especially in messaging. Full threads are not displayed so users will have to rely on Siri to read them. The overall interface on the home screen is very similar to the one found on iOS devices such as iPads and iPhones.

Car manufacturers are jumping on the technology bandwagon including luxury brands like Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and BMW Group who are opting to use one of the systems. Also, both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will welcome third-party apps that will continue to be released.

Google and Apple have provided solid options for those wanting to use their phones while driving. But whether or not the difference between the two accessories is enough to impact your smartphone purchasing decision is your call.

Are you looking for hands free driving options today? Check out our blog article on other technology like Bluetooth headsets, speakers, GPS and hardwired kits to help you stay safe on our roads.

So are you team Apple or team Android? Let us know in the comments below.

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One comment

  1. Kaye says:

    Personally I think the technology should be Txt messages should be blocked to the point where you can’t even get the message screen to open, you get an alert you have received a message, but in order to read the message you have to pull over and place the car in Park or Neutral AND put the hand brake on, if both measures haven’t happened you can’t read the message. The ony allowance is you should be able to ask Siri or the Android equivelant to read the message to you.