Hyundai may be the first automaker to offer Android Auto in a production car, but General Motors is aiming to be the global leader for both Android and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
The brand announced today that it will roll out Android and Apple compatibility across 14 different Chevrolet vehicles this year, including the 2016 Cruze, Spark, Malibu, Impala, Volt, Camaro, Camaro Convertible, Corvette, Corvette Convertible, Colorado, Tahoe, Silverado, Silverado HD, and Suburban. That’s more than any other manufacturer out there, and more GM vehicles will eventually follow suit.
“For most of us, our smartphones are essential,” said Mary Barra, CEO of GM. “Partnering with Apple and Google to offer CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across the widest range of models in the industry is a great example of how Chevrolet continues to democratize technology that’s important to our customers.”
The competing systems will be accessed through Chevrolet’s ‘MyLink’ infotainment center, which is available with either a 7-inch or 8-inch touchscreen. It’s important to note that while the 7-inch unit offers both Apple and Android connectivity, the larger screen will only be compatible with CarPlay at launch.
GM says that Android Auto may be available on both MyLink packages later in the 2016 model year, but further development and testing is needed first.
One of the brand’s main competitors, Ford, also has big plans when it comes to connectivity. By the end of 2016, all Ford and Lincoln models are expected to enable both high-profile smartphone systems, which will be operated through the ‘Sync 3’ infotainment suite.
For more Android news, stay tuned for our coverage of the 2015 Google I/O software conference, which kicks off Thursday morning at 9:30 am PST.
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