Google announced it would be making Android Auto available directly on your phone's screen a while back, but it didn't offer any time frame. It was starting to look like it was never happening, but lo and behold, Android Auto on phones is now rolling out. It's part of the Android Auto v2.0 app, and we've got the APK ready for you.
When you launch Android Auto 2.0 on your phone, it takes over the full display to show a more friendly driving mode. You get big cards and buttons, similar to the ones present on Android Auto-enabled cars. There are also navigation, media, and phone screens in Android Auto. This update also adds the ability to automatically launch Android Auto when a certain Bluetooth device connects. So, if you've got Bluetooth in your car but no Android Auto, AA can launch on your phone as soon as you get in the car.
The on-phone Android Auto functionality does still require that you're in a country that supports Android Auto. Here's the current list.
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- New Zealand
- Puerto Rico
- United Kingdom
- United States
Google says that an update in the coming weeks will add OK Google support for features like maps and music to Android Auto. That's long overdue. We've also checked the new Android Auto in a supported car, and it doesn't look like there are any notable changes this time. You can grab the v2.0 update from APK Mirror right now if you want to skip the wait.
- Google Blog