The First Major Google Maps Alternative Has Been Launched On Android Auto. One of the most significant changes that Google introduced for Android Auto last year allowed for more developers to add support for the car-optimized experience in their own software, paving the way for a larger ecosystem of apps behind the wheel. By opening up Android Auto for third-party developers, Google essentially allowed software makers to release alternatives even to its own apps, including Google Maps, which right now continues to be the preferred navigation solution for most people out there.
According to Auto Evolution, Sygic is joining the party with its very own navigation solution that’s finally available for everybody on Android Auto. After rolling out a beta last year, Sygic’s GPS Navigation now comes with Android Auto support, offering a fully-featured experience right on the car’s head unit. The application works exactly like one would expect it to work. Just plug the Android device into the car’s USB port or connect it wirelessly, launch Android Auto, and then the Sygic GPS Navigation icon should show up on the home screen.
Voice navigation commands are also available, and so are offline maps, making it possible to navigate even in areas where a data connection does not exist. Users also get the bonus feature package that includes speed limit warnings, predictive routing to fight traffic jams, and lane assistant. The rollout of Sygic GPS Navigation with Android Auto support is currently in its early phases, and the parent company says the whole thing would happen in stages. In other words, if the Android Auto support isn’t yet there for you, it shouldn’t take too long before it shows up.
Android Auto is a mobile app developed by Google to mirror features of an Android device, such as a smart phone, on a car’s dashboard information and entertainment head unit. Once an Android device is paired with the head unit, the system can mirror some apps on the vehicle’s display. Supported apps include GPS mapping and navigation, music playback, SMS, telephone, and Web search. The system supports both touchscreen and button-controlled head units. Hands-free operation through voice commands is available and recommended to reduce driver distraction. Android Auto is part of the Open Automotive Alliance, a joint effort of 28 automobile manufacturers, with Nvidia as tech supplier, available in 36 countries.