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Android Makes Change That Could Impact Ford Vehicles

We’ve seen a number of notable changes occur in some newer Blue Oval models pertaining to the infotainment software they utilize, whether that be via Ford’s native systems or third-party applications. On the CarPlay side of things, that includes an upgraded Apple Maps layout, which is part of the automaker’s new Ford/Lincoln Digital Experience software developed in conjunction with Google. Thus far, that software has debuted in the refreshed 2025 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator, but now, Google’s Android Auto feature is getting some updates that could impact future Ford vehicles, too.

Google Android Auto Updates 2024

With Android Auto being compatible with 200 million vehicles on the road today and 40 models offering Google built-in capability already – including the Explorer – Google is focusing on adding more apps to that software, and doing so at a more rapid pace. That list will soon include apps like HBO’s Max, Peacock, and Angry Birds, which are coming to select models with Google built-in. On Android Auto, the Uber Driver app is now available, allowing drivers to accept rides and deliveries, and get turn-by-turn directions on a larger screen than the typical smartphone.

Additionally, Google Cast is also slated to launch in vehicles equipped with Android Automotive OS, starting with Rivian. This feature allows users to easily cast video content from their phone or tablet directly to their vehicle while it’s parked. Google is also dividing up apps into three tiers based on how viable they are for use in vehicles, with the third tier representing apps that are already optimized for that type of use.

Google’s car ready mobile apps program is designed to accelerate the arrival of mobile apps in vehicles with no additional work required for developers, as the tech giant will review existing apps that are already a good fit for that type of application. If the app passes this qualification, it will automatically be opted in for use via Google built-in, after which it will be available in Android Auto, to boot, without the need for a new release.

We’ll have more on these updates soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Ford Owner

    Android Auto is the best!


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