Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Buying A New Car? Which Will You Choose Apple CarPlay Or Android Auto?

Apple and Google have been in heavy competition basically forever. So when one of them decided that they were going to offer some type of in-car experience, you already knew that they were both going to jump on it and try to out-do each other.

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Apple and Android are two of biggest names in the tech world right now. No matter what, neither company would dare put out something that wasn't as amazing as it could be. With that being said, the two different in-car experiences are going to have their differences. They are both designed to plug your smartphone directly into the built-in display on the car's dashboard, and they are both made to make your driving experience safer and easier. But what exactly is different about Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Android Auto

Android Auto is currently in beta, but it already looks like a finished product for the most part. As far as the overall feel, it looks a lot like Android 5.0 Lollipop running on a smartphone or something. With an Android OS, all of the notifications and the layout are more based on Google Now. You can listen to music, make calls, check the weather, receive messages and all more. The navigation is obviously Google Maps. Probably the most reliable navigation out there.

Apple CarPlay

Apple's CarPlay sticks to what Apple does best: Keeping things simple. The main part about the whole thing is Siri, which is expected. Siri helps you respond to notifications and listen to messages. There are third party apps that you can use like Spotify for listening to music, and Apple uses it's own apps to handle navigation and podcasts and things of that nature.

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The Decision

At the end of the day, they both pretty much offer the exact same things. So far, some car companies have been making cars that only allow you to use one or the other, but there are a few manufacturers that are starting to make cars that allow you to use either one. At that point it will all just come down to personal preference. That way you won't have to worry about changing devices or having to buy your dream car that was built with a service that you don't like.

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