Ralph’s Radio in Vancouver and Victoria offers a variety of Android Auto cell phone integration upgrades for your car or truck. Whether you’re looking for an add-on technology for an existing infotainment system or want a new source unit with a high-resolution display, we have dozens of options on display.
What Is Android Auto?
In 2015, Google launched Android Auto as a way to use the Google Assistant voice recognition technology built into its operating system to make it easy and safer to use your phone while you drive. This technology combines your phone’s internet connectivity with software on the car radio to let you make phone calls, send text messages, choose the music you want or get navigation instructions.
Making a phone call is as easy as saying, “Call Ralph’s Radio in Vancouver.” The system will search the internet for a match, then ask you if you want to make the call. The technology is far superior to radios that simply have voice commands because it uses the artificial intelligence built into Google Assistant to execute commands.
Where Do You Want to Go?
Historically, automotive navigation solutions were at the mercy of the map data built into the radio. If a street was missing, you were out of luck. Google Maps and Waze are the most popular navigation solutions for Android Auto. Both provide detailed turn-by-turn directions, and the map data is sourced directly from the cloud, so the information is as accurate and up-to-date as possible. The systems take into account real-time traffic flow information to optimize your route. You’ll avoid accidents, traffic congestion and road closures where possible to get you where you want to go quickly and efficiently.
Just like the phone number search, you can ask for destinations by name. If you want to go skiing, activate the voice recognition function and say, “Take me to Whistler Blackcomb.” Android Auto will do the rest.
Choose the Entertainment You Want
Android Auto will let you choose from music stored on your phone by song title or artist. You can also choose from a music streaming option like Spotify, Tidal, YouTube Music or Amazon Music. You can tune into your favorite iHeartRadio station almost anywhere you have cellular data access. The NHL and At Bat apps will let you keep up with the Canucks or your favourite baseball team. Android Auto also supports several podcast and audiobook applications.
Upgrade Your Car or Truck with Android Auto
If you’d like to add Android Auto cell phone integration to your vehicle, drop by Ralph’s Radio in Vancouver or Victoria. One of our Product Specialists would be happy to help you find a solution for your application. For more information, call our store nearest you or send us an e-mail using our contact page.