Google Adds Games, Videos, Browsers and More to Android Auto | Car Scoops - Latest Global News

Google Adds Games, Videos, Browsers and More to Android Auto | Car Scoops

Google has announced support for games, videos and internet browsers in Android Auto to enable a more immersive in-car experience.

    Google adds games, videos, browsers and more to Android Auto

  • A handful of new features are coming to vehicles with Android Auto and Google built-in.
  • In the coming months, owners will be able to stream videos from their smartphone to the vehicle display.
  • Gaming, video and internet browser support comes to Android Auto.

Google I/O was largely focused on artificial intelligence, but the company did announce some updates in the automotive space. First and foremost, Google integration is becoming more widespread as it can be found in the new Acura ZDX, Honda Prologue and Ford Explorer.

Almost 40 vehicles now have Google integrated, and over 200 million support Android Auto. These numbers will continue to rise and the tech giant is improving its capabilities. Notably, the Uber Driver app is now available on Android Auto and allows drivers to “accept rides and deliveries and get detailed directions on a larger screen.”

More: Google Maps update makes it easier to find electric vehicle chargers

Google has also announced that Android Auto will soon support games, videos and even internet browsers. This promises an even more immersive experience, similar to vehicles with integrated Google. The company also noted that communications and weather apps are currently in beta.

On the integrated Google site, users can expect new apps and games including Angry Birds, Max and Peacock. Vehicles will also be equipped with Google Cast, which will allow people to cast videos from their smartphones or tablets to in-car displays while parked. This feature will roll out to Rivian vehicles in the coming months and eventually expand to other models.

    Google adds games, videos, browsers and more to Android Auto

While games, browsers and weather apps for cars with Google built-in are currently in beta, the company said communication features will be available soon. They didn’t elaborate, but mentioned messaging and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol).

Speaking of apps, Google is working to “bring mobile apps to cars faster, without developers having to do extra work.” As part of this effort, Google will “proactively review mobile apps that are already adaptable and compatible with large screens to ensure safety and compatibility in cars” and automatically approve them for distribution when appropriate. All of this can be done without modifications or updates, so we can expect to see more apps in cars soon.

Finally, in an unusual automotive twist, Google has released a series of mini-games to promote upcoming Android features. That’s not uncommon, but the company has teamed up with the McLaren F1 team to promote the games, even going so far as to have Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri appear in a video for them.

    Google adds games, videos, browsers and more to Android Auto

Sharing Is Caring:

Leave a Comment