The days of struggling to find a phone charger in your car are over.
If you’ve been looking for a new car, chances are the options for audio control systems have crossed your mind. With so many different cars on the market now offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as options, it’s important to know what each system can do and how they work together.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are two systems that allow you to connect your smartphone to your car’s display. This means that you can use your phone to select music, make calls, check emails, or control the navigation system.
A lot of new cars come with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so you can easily plug in your compatible phone and enjoy the convenience of having your favorite apps on the car’s screen. But what if you have an older car? Or what if you want to know which system is better? The answer depends on what kind of experience you’re looking for:
Android Auto: If you’re looking for a simple, easy-to-use interface that gives you access to all of your favorite Google Maps features (and lets you call an Uber), then Android Auto is probably right for you.
Apple CarPlay: If you’d rather have access to third-party apps like Spotify or Pandora, Apple CarPlay is probably right for you.
If you have a newer car, chances are it has both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. All you need to do is plug in your compatible phone and the correct system will appear on the car’s screen.
If your car only has one system or none, there are adapters available that allow you to connect an iPhone or Android phone to a car stereo that doesn’t have one of the new systems built in. You can also get an adapter for older cars that don’t support these systems at all.