Android Auto was initially unveiled in 2014, but since then it’s been waiting in the wings until Google was ready to set it out into the world. While auto manufacturers have already pledged to launch some vehicles with the functionality in their own systems, the aftermarket in-car system is one area where Android Auto can really grow.
Pioneer recently launched some head units with the functionality baked in, but the company was also quick to note that while Android Auto is supported, access to it wasn’t available until Google was ready. And apparently that time has come, as the company has officially launched the Android Auto app into the Google Play Store as a free download.
As one can guess, Android Auto is only available on devices running Android 5.0 or later, and the app is effectively pointless if you don’t have an in-car system that supports Android Auto. If you do, though, the app is what you’ve been waiting for.