With the continuous improvements in technology, this is an era where you can find an application for almost every other task. Whether it is for messaging, video calls, etc. From the most useful apps like Google Maps to the weirdest ones like Cuddlr, there comes a tiny space between, and that is reserved for Android auto apps. Yes, you heard it right, applications for automobiles. As you know, it is an age of hybrids and integrating, so, why not integrate modern world technology with the most ancient mode of transport.
Google’s in-car system, also known as Google Auto, comes pre-installed in the newer models of cars. You can use Android Auto by either connecting your mobile through a cable to cast or just use your mobile as the screen. Android Auto runs on Android with versions more than 5.0. The number of apps for the Android auto is definite but is sufficient enough to cover up your driving needs. Here, we present you the most important apps for Android Auto, that will make your ride comfortable and enjoyable.
Best Apps for Android Auto
A quick Disclaimer: None of these apps are being sponsored by their Developers. These are our own choices which are not influenced by any individual/company. Also, these apps are in no particular order.
With that being clear, that being said, here is a list of some of the Best Apps for Android Auto:
Are you fond of FM? Well, if your answer is Yes, then the Scout FM will be the perfect app for you then. It is a radio and podcast app which lets you listen to your favourite podcast/ radio shows whenever you want. The interface of this app is quite simple and yet elegant. The controls are designed to be perfect in accordance with the car’s small screen. Just fire up the app and start listening.
The main feature here is that this app has got a powerful Artificial Intelligence system that will help you to find radio shows and podcasts related to the ones you like. Moreover, if you don’t like what the app has suggested you hear, you can always skip and jump to the next suggestion. The AI will learn that you don’t like shows and podcasts of the particular genre that you skipped. Just like the robots in modern day movies, this app will learn itself and become better and better with elapsing time. You should definitely try this app at least once.
Ever saw a movie in which the protagonist taps police cellphones using a device? Well, the Scanner Radio just acts like one. It helps you to scan for police scanners, weather radios, amateur radio repeaters, air traffic, and marine radios all at one place. Isn’t that amazing?
It has a very simple User Interface and it keeps you updated about the daily happenings in your neighbourhood. It also features a notifications system which notifies you of the broadcasts that are happening near you. Moreover, the also suggests you the streams which have a very high number of listeners, so you can always know what is happening around you.
Spotify. Almost everyone knows about this amazing music service. If you don’t, then let us tell you that it is the world’s largest music streaming platform. With an on-growing database of music, radio shows, podcasts, it has become one of the best places for avid listeners to move with the beat.
Thankfully, the app is also available for Android Auto, But, there is a downside to it, you have to face a couple of ads which a lot of people don’t really like. The app has a very attractive Interface and you can stream your favourite artist’s songs for free. If you want to download a song, you will have to buy a premium version which costs $10 a month. But, believe us, it’s worth it. It has a very intelligent AI and it recommends you songs in your genre whether it is hip-hop or EDM.
Pandora is quite similar to the Spotify. Though, it is a radio streaming application. It serves as an elegant music streamer after Spotify. You are gonna end up seeing some ads on your screen, but no worries, you can solve the problem by buying the premium version for just 5$ a month.
You can skip songs, unlike the traditional radio, though the app gives a limited number of skips. Anyways, the premium version overcomes that issue. This app learns as you spend time with it. You can also convert it into music streaming app like Spotify but you have to pay 10$ a month for it.
There are a ton lot of messaging services, but, Facebook has simply one of the best messaging services in the market. With its clean and simple User Interface, messaging could never be easier. So, if you want to receive your messages in your Car, don’t worry, there’s an android auto app for the Facebook messenger.
Now, you might ask what’s good with the app if I have to read it myself? I’m eventually gonna read it on the phone. To overcome the problem, the app has got a read-out-loud system which narrates the message. It also has a pre-typed message which says “I’m driving right now” which can be sent to any of your friends with just one tap. To prevent the distractions while reading messages, this is probably one of the best apps.
Waze is an app which is quite like Google Maps for Android Auto. Waze tells you all sorts of things happening on your routes like the accidents happening around you, nearby petrol station, police station, hazardous places and even real-time traffic to help you choose the correct path. Its active community helps you whenever you need.
You can also share your own route information and it can provide you with an ETA to tell you how much time will be required to reach your destination. Waze is a must app if you are planning to meet someone. It lets you share your location information to your partner.
Textra is a simple and yet one of the most efficient application to improve the experience of calling and messaging in Android Auto system. You can schedule future messages, pick up a call by just swiping on the screen and much more. However, the most entertaining aspect is that you can also share media messages like GIFs and stickers for your contacts. This app has got a quick reply feature which can help you to setup auto-reply messages so that you don’t get troubled while on the road.
Now, there is no denying the fact that almost everybody knows what Whatsapp is. But, for specific people, Whatsapp is a cross-platform messaging service that works on iOS, Android and other systems. It is widely used and currently owned by Facebook LLC. Whatsapp is also available for Android Auto.
You can send messages and make calls using Android Auto. The interface is quite simple and is similar to the one you see on Android app or iOS application. The amazing feature of Whatsapp is that you can send voice messages so that you don’t have to face the hassle of typing. If you are using any other app simultaneously, Whatsapp will take the top third part of your display to prevent intrusion into other apps.
Google Play Music
Here we come to Music again. Music is the heart and soul for almost every human being. So, to help you achieve inner satisfaction, Google has developed a music player if you want to listen to your favourite EDM artists or else. Google integrated its AI feature with the music player. You can use simple commands such as “OK Google” and use “Play” to play a specified song, playlist or artist.
The fact is, you have to correctly set up all of your Google account information to be able to use the application. Some issues were there with this app as the users reported, but, with the release of a new update, those problems are long gone. The application offers a huge collection of songs and music and it also recommends you about new songs in your favourite genre just like the other music player apps. With Google’s trust, we can say that this app is worth to be installed on your Android Auto System.
And finally, the last but not the least, for people who prefer podcasts over music. Pocket Casts is the app that is exactly for people like them. This app features almost all the upcoming and already broadcasted podcasts and shows you suggestions according to your preference.
One con, however, is that you will have to set up a playlist beforehand. So, give some time to the app before you jump right into it. This app is already famous for Android and now it is available for Android Auto devices too. The Android Auto version gives you a very simple User interface and allows you to play/pause and skip between the podcasts.
So, those were some of the apps that are a must to the Android Auto users. Let’s sum up the list.
- Scout FM is a marvelous application for listening to the radio.
- Scanner Radio lets you scan for the neighboring incidents. Spotify,
- Pandora and Google Play Music are music streaming applications so that you can listen to your favorite music on the go.
- Waze tells you about places and details in your route just like Google Maps.
- Facebook messenger, Textra and Whatsapp are messaging services that are unique in their own way.
- And for podcasts, use Pocket Casts.
So that’s it guys, this was our take on Best Apps for Android Auto. Let us know you pick for the Best Apps for Android Auto in the comments section down below.