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Old 09-10-2017, 12:58   #1
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Apple Carplay or Android Auto?

We are getting a new Skoda in the new year (hopefully) and it comes with support for Apple Carplay and Android Auto as well as a built-in SatNav.

Does anyone have any experience of these smart phone based systems when integrated into a car? I can see that Apple locks you into Apple Maps & Siri which are widely regarded as inferior to Google's offerings but does this match people's real world experiences?

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Re: Apple Carplay or Android Auto?

Have a 2017 Focus which has Sync 3 with SatNav.

When I get in my car and strt it, it automatically launches Andriod Auto on my Note 8 (BlueTooth is on 24/7 due to smart watch), it also enables me to send and receive calls and converts texts to speech.

The Google maps bit is only enables if I plug the phone directly in to one of the cars USB ports.

You can then use the cars controls to as you would if you didn't have the phone plugged in.

I don't plug it in as the car has built in satnav and I have 2 127GB sticks with music on in both USB slots.

I do remember that you can exit/enter the "take over" google interface on my system by pressing a icon on the touchscreen.

If I remember I'll use it tomorrow, but at 6:40am my brain is on autopilot.

The good thing with google part is I can press the speak button and simply say Go home etc and it will launch the satnav and route.
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Re: Apple Carplay or Android Auto?

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Have a 2017 Focus which has Sync 3 with SatNav.

When I get in my car and strt it, it automatically launches Andriod Auto on my Note 8 (BlueTooth is on 24/7 due to smart watch), it also enables me to send and receive calls and converts texts to speech.

The Google maps bit is only enables if I plug the phone directly in to one of the cars USB ports.

You can then use the cars controls to as you would if you didn't have the phone plugged in.

I don't plug it in as the car has built in satnav and I have 2 127GB sticks with music on in both USB slots.

I do remember that you can exit/enter the "take over" google interface on my system by pressing a icon on the touchscreen.

If I remember I'll use it tomorrow, but at 6:40am my brain is on autopilot.

The good thing with google part is I can press the speak button and simply say Go home etc and it will launch the satnav and route.
This sounds quite neat. I have an iPhone which complicates things. I am wondering if I can plug in an old Android phone I have (Moto G) for the Android Auto but still pair my iPhone via BT for the phone calls.

Getting complicated ..
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Re: Apple Carplay or Android Auto?

Carplay is meant to work fine too if you have an iPhone. Apple Maps is indeed inferior to Google Maps but the gap isn't as big as it was when Apple Maps was first introduced. I would prefer to use Google Maps and do so on my iPhone but the difference isn't so great that I would bring two phones into my car. The difference is in no way worth that hassle.

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Carplay is meant to work fine too if you have an iPhone. Apple Maps is indeed inferior to Google Maps but the gap isn't as big as it was when Apple Maps was first introduced. I would prefer to use Google Maps and do so on my iPhone but the difference isn't so great that I would bring two phones into my car. The difference is in no way worth that hassle.
Curious, have you used Carplay? Do Apple Maps make the grade when running from the in-car display I wonder ..

Maybe I can leave the Android phone in the car and tether it to the iPhone hotspot for the required internet access?
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Re: Apple Carplay or Android Auto?

2016 Vauxhall Astra.
Use Android Auto on 2 phones. Must be connected by good quality USB lead.
Google maps works well.
Messages are read out when they are received by the phone. You can then reply by speaking your answer and telling it to reply. It does this with Spotify music playing from the phone. It probably does other things but this is as far as we've got.
If it does not work it is probably because it does not like the lead you are using.
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Re: Apple Carplay or Android Auto?

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2016 Vauxhall Astra.
Use Android Auto on 2 phones. Must be connected by good quality USB lead.
Google maps works well.
Messages are read out when they are received by the phone. You can then reply by speaking your answer and telling it to reply. It does this with Spotify music playing from the phone. It probably does other things but this is as far as we've got.
If it does not work it is probably because it does not like the lead you are using.
Thanks. The video reviews I have seen show Google Maps still, even after iOS 11 update, superior to Apple Maps.
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Re: Apple Carplay or Android Auto?

In my opinion using Android Auto Google maps is much better on the car's screen than it is on the phone. The next instruction is in a blue box on the left hand side of the screen. Very easy to follow.

---------- Post added at 11:01 ---------- Previous post was at 10:21 ----------

I can't believe I wrote that previous post as normally I bore everyone by droning on about how we should use a map to find our way like the olden days. While it worries me that youngsters tend to have no idea what is north and what is south because of their dependence on Satnav I have to say that Android Auto with Google maps on a Vauxhall Astra takes the stress out of finding your way. I say that after having to find a back Street in Walthamstowe to drop off my niece who has absolutely no sense of direction
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In my opinion using Android Auto Google maps is much better on the car's screen than it is on the phone. The next instruction is in a blue box on the left hand side of the screen. Very easy to follow.

---------- Post added at 11:01 ---------- Previous post was at 10:21 ----------

I can't believe I wrote that previous post as normally I bore everyone by droning on about how we should use a map to find our way like the olden days. While it worries me that youngsters tend to have no idea what is north and what is south because of their dependence on Satnav I have to say that Android Auto with Google maps on a Vauxhall Astra takes the stress out of finding your way. I say that after having to find a back Street in Walthamstowe to drop off my niece who has absolutely no sense of direction
You do make a good point about being a slave to technology! It is best to always keep a map in the car but it is, in all honesty, a poor substitute to what technology offers you ..
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Re: Apple Carplay or Android Auto?

Remember Sat Navs become part of the driving test from December

In regards to the original question, I've always had Android devices so I'm biased towards Android Auto.

One thing to point out is that both are technically designed to be a car-friendly interface and be shown on a built in display driven by a wired connection to your phone.

However Google added the option to allow Android Auto to run on the phone itself if you don't have a compatible system - but as discussed it doesn't seem to be completely the same. This on-phone version can be triggered by connecting to a Bluetooth device alone rather than the physical USB connection as well so is a bit of a hybrid solution - I think full Android Auto still needs the wired connection at the moment.

Apple have been working on a wireless version of CarPlay that uses a WiFi system in a car (due to the bandwidth needed) but it doesn't seem to be widely supported yet, and Google have mentioned they are also working on a fully wireless Android Auto system, but there hasn't even been a demo of that yet.
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