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"Ok Google" voice commands now supported by Android Auto

"Ok Google" keyword support has finally arrived for Android Auto, allowing drivers to control their infotainment system entirely by voice.

Published onDecember 1, 2016

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Finally, “Ok Google” keyword support has arrived for Android Auto. It’s only taken the company almost two years to implement the hands-free feature, but now drivers can fully control their car’s infotainment system with their voice, in addition to individual services like Google Maps.

To make use of the Ok Google keyword in your vehicle, you’ll need to grab the latest version of the Android Auto app and the Google App. It’s inside that latter that you should find that the “While driving” setting now says that it works with Google Maps and Android Auto. This toggle is found under the “Ok Google” detection menu.

If you’re not already using “Ok Google” voice detection on your phone, the feature offers up a range of commands to performs tasks from opening up apps, to setting timers, making calendar appointments, and replying to emails and messages. The fact that all of this can now be done hands-free in your vehicle is bound to be quite useful.

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If Android Auto or the Google App haven’t updated for you yet, you can grab the latest software from APK Mirror. Just hit the download button below. There may also be a server side switch that Google needs to flick to enable the feature, so it may take a little while for the upgrade to reach everyone.

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