Apple's CarPlay made a splash when it announced that Google Maps, Waze, and other third-party navigation apps would finally work for iPhone users plugging their phone into their cars, but Android Auto's been quietly offering these apps for years — and on Thursday it announced some new features to make the in-car platform run a bit smoother.
Updates include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Rear Door Alert.
Manufacturer infotainment systems are, by and large, not good. More and more automakers are picking up the standardized solutions of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which is s step in the right direction. Mazda started shipping the interface in some new vehicles this year, and now dealerships will be able to install it in model year 2014 or newer Mazdas.
Mazda is making sure owners of older cars don't miss out on Apple CarPlay and Android Mobile. The company is offering upgrades to the infotainment system of its vehicles dating back to 2014.
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If you own a Mazda that came with the Mazda Connect infotainment system going back to the 2014 year model, the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay retrofit hardware has been priced up. The hardware itself will cost you $199. That $199 isn’t all it will cost you though. The unknown bit with pricing is that
Mazda has announced that it has rolled out extended support for smartphone integration on some of its older model cars and SUVs. Mazda has a dealer added an accessory that will bring support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to some Mazda vehicles going all the way back to 2014 model year. The vehicles have to be fitted with the … Continue reading
Can you believe that 2019 is knocking on the door, but some manufacturers who offer touchscreen infotainment can’t be bothered to include smartphone mirroring? Mazda is one of the culprits, having refused to embrace Android Auto and Apple CarPlay when the rest of the industry was picking up these technologies.
The industry standard comes to the Japanese brand—yes, even to its past vehicles
Potentially a small price to pay for two of the most sought-after features on the market.
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