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Android Auto coming to select 2016 GMC and Buick models
While Android Auto was actually announced back at Google I/O 2014, it has taken vehicle manufacturers a long time to get compatible equipment into their vehicles. One of the first companies to get out a working Android Auto model was Hyundai with the 2015 Sonata, a vehicle which we had the opportunity to get a better look at in our full review of the Android Auto platform. Now that we are heading into 2016, we can expect many more car manufacturers to jump on board the Android Auto train.
One of these brands is GMC, which had previously announced that Android Auto would be coming to select Cadillac and Chevrolet models. Today GMC has announced a bit more about its own Android Auto plans, revealing that Android Auto (and Apple Airplay) support will also be coming to select GMC and Buick 2016 models. For GMC, we’ll see support for the Sierra, Canyon, and Yukon. Buick will be bringing support to the LaCrosse and Regal lines. With all above mentioned models, Android Auto will be integrated with the existing GMC/Buick IntelliLink entertainment and connectivity system.
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The downside to Android Auto, at least in its current stage, is that it requires a newer device (5.0 Lollipop or later) and that means many Android devices will be left out of the fun. Android Auto also only works by a physical tether to your car, something that is a bit disappointing in an age full of wireless and Bluetooth solutions. Still, Android Auto is off to a great start and is only destined to get better with rumors continuing to suggest that future-gen models may eventually offer completely stand-alone Android Auto experiences with no phone tether required.
What do you think of Android Auto in its current iteration? Would Android Auto support (or lack thereof) factor into your decision to buy a new vehicle? Let us know what you think in the comments.