Android Auto v3.8 adds optional message previews and revamps the music player [APK Teardown]

The latest Auto update is rolling out and it’s making a couple of substantial changes, at least by the standards of an Auto update. You’ll now have the option to see the first several words of incoming messages when they arrive, and the music player has been given a makeover that changes both its looks and a little bit of functionality. It seems this update is rolling out to a pretty small number of people right now. Read MoreAndroid Auto v3.8 adds optional message previews and revamps the music player [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto is now available in additional Mazda models through a pricey dealer-installed upgrade

Manufacturer infotainment systems are, by and large, not good. More and more automakers are picking up the standardized solutions of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which is s step in the right direction. Mazda started shipping the interface in some new vehicles this year, and now dealerships will be able to install it in model year 2014 or newer Mazdas.

Any Mazda as far back as model year 2014 that shipped with the Mazda Connect infotainment system is eligible for the upgrade, which includes the requisite hardware and software for Android Auto. Read MoreAndroid Auto is now available in additional Mazda models through a pricey dealer-installed upgrade was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google just struck a deal with a major auto alliance to run Android on millions of future cars

Google’s been at work on infiltrating the automotive industry for a long time. It’s managed to wedge its foot firmly in the door with Android Auto, which runs on a wide range of in-market cars from popular brands — but that was never the ultimate goal. After all, Android Auto essentially just mirrors features from an Android device to car’s infotainment system, it’s not Android running on a car. The latter, more desirable implementation is (somewhat confusingly) called Android Automotive. Read MoreGoogle just struck a deal with a major auto alliance to run Android on millions of future cars was written by the awesome team at Android Police.