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Posted by Mickey Kataria, Director of Product Management, Android for cars
This blog post is part of a weekly series for #11WeeksOfAndroid. For each week, weâre diving into a key area and this week weâre focusing on Android Beyond Phones. Today, weâll be talking about cars.
Since 2014, Google has been committed to bringing the familiarity of apps and services from Android phones into the car in a safe and seamless way. Weâre continuing to see strong momentum and adoption of both Android Auto and Android Automotive OS, and are excited to share new improvements that provide app developers the opportunity to reach more users in the car.
Android Auto momentum
We launched Android Auto for users to stay connected on-the-go and more easily access their Android phones on their car displaysâ while staying focused on the road. Android Auto is currently available with nearly every major car manufacturer and is on track to be in more than 100 million cars in the coming months. Many car manufacturers, including General Motors, BMW and Kia, have also added support for wireless connections, making it easier for drivers to use Android Auto as soon as they get into their car. Weâre continuing to add new features to make the experience more seamless for users and help developers reach more drivers with in-car apps.
Expanding Android Autoâs app ecosystem
One of our most common requests for Android Auto continues to be support for more apps in the car. We currently have over 3,000 apps in Google Play whose in-car experiences have been purpose-built for driving.
Today, weâre showcasing our work with early access partners to build apps in new categories for Android Auto, including navigation, parking and electric vehicle charging. Using our new Android for Cars App Library, weâre able to ensure that all tasks within an app can be achieved with minimal glances or taps.