Android Auto is one of our favorite interfaces for interacting with your smartphone in the car, but its biggest flaw for a while now has been that in order to get it, you either have to have a compatible car or spend upwards of $400 for a compatible third-party head unit.
Now, a few months after announcing the functionality, Android Auto now works directly on any Android smartphone or tablet. Here’s how to try it out.
The first step is to download Android Auto on your device. The app is available via Google Play or from APK Mirror if you’d prefer to sideload. You’ll need to be using via 2.0 of the app or higher which is rolling out now. The app can automatically open when connecting to certain Bluetooth devices as well as opening automatically when paired with a Logitech Smart Car Mount. The “OK Google” hotword is also always available with this app.
Once the app is open, you’ll see an interface just like that of Android Auto on cars, but resized to better fit a smartphone. All the elements are large and easy to tap and just like in your car, it integrates with apps on your phone like Spotify, Google Play Music, Google Maps, and more.