Chevy will roll out Android Auto as a software update this spring
Earlier this year, Chevrolet announced that it would add Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to 14 2016 models, and other General Motors divisions have similarly ambitious plans. Now that the 2016 model year is getting underway, Chevy is making good on that promise by beginning its Android Auto rollout.
Chevy says Android Auto will be available as an update for models equipped with the 8.0-inch MyLink infotainment system touchscreen, starting in March 2016. The carmaker claims it will have more Android Auto-compatible models than anyone else.
The list of compatible models covers most of Chevy’s current lineup, including the Cruze, Malibu, and Impala sedans, Tahoe and Suburban SUVs, and Silverado and Colorado pickup trucks. Android Auto will also be offered on the Corvette, Camaro, and Volt. Chevy will make Android Auto available for models equipped with the 7.0-inch MyLink infotainment system at a later date, meaning the redesigned 2016 Spark will eventually get it as well.
Owners will likely have to go to dealers to have the update installed. The system requires a phone running Android Lollipop 5.0 or above, and all compatible apps have to be installed on the phone before use. A “Projection” icon appears on the infotainment screen when the phone is not in use, and is replaced by an Android (or Apple, if so equipped) icon when the connection is active.
GM is covering all of its bases by offering the competing Apple CarPlay system in Chevy models as well, and all GM brands will eventually feature models with both systems. Back in June, Cadillac announced that it would offer CarPlay and Android Auto on the majority of its 2016 models, and Buick and GMC followed with similar announcements shortly after that.
Among the Detroit Three automakers, GM seems to be the most enthusiastic about these branded smartphone projection systems. Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have not discussed any plans to offer either CarPlay or Android Auto.