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Google Assistant is now on Android Auto, because apparently it wasn't before

According to an announcement made by Google at CES, the company's Google Assistant is now on Android Auto. If you're a bit confused by this, that's understandable. Apparently, the previous implementation was just a simpler voice search. Now that things have been upgraded to the full Google Assistant experience, you'll have a wider range of functions and tools available behind the wheel. 

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Sony announces Android Auto car audio system with "astonishingly flat" touchscreen


Sony announced a new in-car audio head unit at CES today that integrates with Android Auto, the XAV-AX5000, the centerpiece of which is a bezel-less and flush 6.95" touch display.

How bezel-less and how flush? Sony dares characterize it as "astonishingly flat." Oh my.

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[Update: Murano too] Android Auto officially lists Nissan's four 2018 compatible models

More and more vehicles and car manufacturers are adding Android Auto (and Apple CarPlay) compatibility to their onboard systems, which is a good thing by everyone's book since the default systems often suck. Nissan has been an Android Auto partner for a while, but until now it didn't have any cars listed as compatible with it (it had two 2017 Apple CarPlay models only).

That changed recently when 4 of Nissan's upcoming 2018 models were announced with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. These cars were made official around September/October, but since we don't follow car news but Android news, we only spotted them now that they've been added to the official Android Auto website.

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JVCKENWOOD will have a pair of wireless Android Auto-capable head units on display at CES

Android Auto makes the in-car experience a lot nicer (at least when it's not bugging out), but it's tedious to have to plug your phone in every time you get in the car just to use it. We've been hoping for a wireless solution for some time now, and it seems like it's finally becoming a reality. JVCKENWOOD will have two receivers capable of wireless Android Auto on display at CES 2018.

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Android Auto app reaches 10 million installs on the Play Store

It's a good milestone day for Android's side-projects and apps. Earlier we reported that the Android Wear app had reached 10 million downloads on the Play Store and now we're seeing the same number for the Android Auto app.

10 million downloads since March of 2015 is a nice number, especially considering that the app is geo-restricted and you either have to be aware that it works on phones without needing a compatible car or have to have purchased a new compatible car or heads-up unit in the past 2 years or so to know about it. By comparison, the Android Wear app has been available for about 3 and half years, is available worldwide, and the cost of entry is much lower (if you don't take into account those who use the Auto app as standalone).

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Google just fixed a year-old Android Auto bug that caused users to see temperatures in Fahrenheit instead of Celsius, and vice versa

The love story between Google and bugs is one that will seemingly never end. Case in point: the company has just solved a problem first reported 13 months ago on its Google Product Forums concerning the incorrect temperature scale being shown on Android Auto head units.

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VLC version 2.5 brings more Material Design UI, enhancements for Android Auto & TV

VLC, the video player that can handle practically anything you throw at it with no config tweaking, has been updated to version 2.5, marking the first update to the stable channel of the popular media player in over a year. In addition to a lot of interface tweaks bringing it more in line with Material Design guidelines, visual changes have also come to Android TV and Auto.

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2018 Nissan Kicks and Jeep Wrangler will support Android Auto

Android Auto and Apple Carplay keep making their way into more and more cars. The latest two to be announced with the smartphone connectivity integrated are the 2018 Nissan Kicks and the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

The Kicks is a compact crossover and will have a centrally-mounted 7" display with Auto and Carplay support. It will come in three models: Kick S, Kick SV, and Kick SR, and will be available in spring of 2018. Pricing will be announced around then.

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Android Auto swerves and parks onto smart's cars, starting with three 2017 models

Android Auto keeps reaching more and more car brands around the world, and now we know it's officially coming to one of the teeniest cars around: smart.

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Android Auto is now available on some Alfa Romeo models, as well as one more Fiat and two head unit manufacturers

Android Auto has been hitting more and more cars. Having just reached one Italian car manufacturer, Google's in-car OS has just spread to another: Alfa Romeo. Two models are listed as compatible, with another two as 'coming soon.' It's also reached another Fiat and two aftermarket head unit companies you've probably never heard of.

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