Google Apps Coming to More Cars

Google announced a new strategy that should ultimately bring more apps to cars during annual developer I/O conference.

Android Auto gives the best experience and the recent integration of Google Cast and YouTube in Rivian cars. You can cast your phone’s screen or apps directly on the vehicle’s infotainment display when parked.

Google Android Auto Tiers

Google categorized three app tiers to improved compatibility – Tier 1: Car differentiated, Tier 2: Car optimized and Tier 3: Car ready.

The 1st tier is a collection of apps that are specifically designed for cars and offer deep integration with the car’s functionality. They can run on different screen sizes and are optimized for all cars with Android Automotive OS.

The 2nd tier are for existing apps as they are optimized for big-screen use and can be used in driving and parked modes, depending on the app’s category. They require little effort from developers to be integrated into Android Auto.

The third tier is a new addition. These apps are not designed to run in cars, but they are ready for big-screen Android devices, like tablets. Google will proactively review apps from this category and approve them for use on cars’ displays. Of course, functionality and integration capabilities are limited and they can only be used when the vehicle is parked.

Google Apps Coming to More Cars

This initiative is part of Google’s Car ready mobile apps program and it will launch in the coming months. Some apps will automatically end up on cars’ screens.

Google is also introducing new tools for developers so they can adapt their apps to the various displays inside cars, more advance emulators and an Android Automotive OS system image that can run on Pixel Tablets, so developers can test their apps in an environment that’s closer to a car’s screen.


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