24 January 2018 · Vehicle Reviews

Android Auto vs Apple CarPlay: Which App Is Right for You? | Phil Gilbert Hyundai

If you currently have a smartphone, you're not alone. According to the latest statistics, 18.44 million Australians will use a smartphone in 2018. To put that into perspective, that's roughly 75% of the entire population of the country! With this boom in usage, there has come the need to properly and safely integrate smartphones into the driving experience. That is why Apple and Android have teamed up with carmakers like Hyundai to create both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. These apps are simplified versions of your phone's operating system that allow you to control music, navigation, and communicate with the outside world all while driving. By using voice commands, these apps let you use your infotainment systems without taking your eyes off the road. This part is critical because around 25-30% of all car accidents are due to distractions like texting and driving. The team at Phil Gilbert Hyundai thought it would be the perfect time to go over the basics of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and try to help find which app is right for you.

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If you have an Android phone you can download this app for free here. This app can be used both on your phone and on the display of a compatible vehicle such as the 2017 Hyundai Sonata. Some of the benefits of Android Auto include larger touch targets, a simple interface, and easy-to-use voice actions. As far as what the app can do for you, there are a number of exciting features such as:

·         A home screen that includes suggested destination, upcoming appointments, and weather conditions

·         Connection to Google Maps with free voice-guided navigation, live traffic info, lane guidance, and more

·         On-demand access to Google Play Music and its library of 40 million songs

·         A voice-activated calling and texting feature with auto-reply

·         Voice commands that can be activated just by saying "Ok, Google" including changing music and find destinations


It's important to point out that many of the Google features, like Google Maps, are considered superior to competitors, so consider that when choosing a phone to pair with your Hyundai vehicle. Check here to see if your Hyundai vehicle works with Android Auto.

According to Apple, their app is the "ultimate copilot." After you download Apple CarPlay for your iPhone, all you need to do is connect it to your car's system via Bluetooth. Like the Android app, Apple CarPlay allows you to safely use your phone while driving. The app works in tandem with the famous Siri voice control as well as the car's touch screen, dials, and buttons. Some of the major benefits of Apple CarPlay include:


·         Apple Maps which can predict where you're going using address from email, texts, contacts, and calendars

{C}·         {C}Siri can read, reply to, and send text messages and CarPlay can play audio messages through the speakers

{C}·         {C}Access to all your content from iTunes


If you prefer the iPhone's streamlined capabilities and access to iTunes then Apple CarPlay is a perfect addition to your new Hyundai vehicle from Phil Gilbert Hyundai.


To find out more about how Android Auto and Apple CarPlay work with Hyundai cars and SUVs, feel free to give the sales and service experts at Phil Gilbert Hyundai a call today. In the end, whichever one you choose, both will make your driving experience both safer and more enjoyable.