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Android Auto arrives in 18 more countries
April 24, 2016, 4:52 pm

Google has nearly tripled the number of countries that can access Android Auto, its in-car interface software.  The list now includes potentially huge markets like India and Brazil, as well as Brazil and nearly all other countries in Latin America. Android Auto is at present available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, the UK, and the US.

Android Auto connects your smartphone to your car's touchscreen infotainment system so the two can work together, helping you navigate, make calls, play music and perform other tasks hands-free. Using Android Auto requires a phone running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher, a USB cable and a compatible car.

Accessibility to the software from many more countries will probably encourage auto-manufacturers in these places to preload the system on their vehicles. Even if car manufacturers do not pre-install the software in their vehicles, consumers can purchase and install third-party after-market systems that are compatible with Android Auto.

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