Compared to most Android platforms, the in-car Android Auto platform seems pretty close-off. And this is for a good reason. Google was focused on high-quality experiences that were most useful to drivers without closing the dashboard with too many icons.
Now the company is ready to cater to a wide array of app categories from third-party developers. Following an initial announcement last August, Google is now enabling devs to publish new applications on the Android Auto platform.
This would mean more navigation apps beyond Google Maps and Voice, as well as gear towards parking and charging vehicles, some of which are already being published.
Early newcomers to the Play Store with Android Auto compatibility include T-Map, ChargePoint, Psychic, Plug-in, Amigo, 2GIS, an improved root planner and Flitsminster.
“Today, we are thrilled to announce that you can publish your Android Auto navigation, parking and charging apps for production! We are working hard to stabilize the library, Android Auto, and the publishing process to reach this milestone. Publishing to production enables drivers to use your Android Auto app on their car screen without the need to sign up for the beta program, Android Developers Blog.
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“Our goal with the library is to enable you to easily bring your app to 500+ models of Android auto-compatible vehicles while meeting our app quality guidelines. The library removes the complexities of screen form factors and input modes so that you can focus on making your app shine.
“Enabling navigation, parking and charging apps in production is a big step and the beginning of a very long journey. We are excited to see what you make and look forward to working together to deliver a great in-car experience. “
We can expect more Android Auto-enabled applications to arrive in the coming weeks and months. Let us know your wish list on Twitter @trustedreviews.