Android Auto

Android Auto

At Source Sounds we offer the facility to be able to add Android Auto into numerous amounts of vehicles.

To use Android Auto, you need an Android Auto compatible vehicle or aftermarket radio and an Android phone running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher. When you connect your Android phone to the compatible vehicle or radio, Android Auto will display applications on the vehicle’s screen.

It’s easy to get where you’re going with Android Auto as it has the special features built into it such as free voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance and more. All you need is a compatible aftermarket headunit or a vehicle that has Android Auto functionality. Simply plug in your phone and your phone will mirror the image onto the headunit. This way you can use the navigation maps on your phone.

Android Auto is Google’s solution for bringing the power of your smartphone to the relatively dumb nature of vehicle infotainment. Basically you’re using your phone to broadcast a new user interface onto your car’s touchscreen, thus bringing the full power of the latest phones to your car.

Phone calls are handled over Bluetooth. This opens up the possibility to use mobile apps such as Google Maps, Google Play Music, Google Now and a host of third-party apps. This means streaming your music to your vehicle becomes effortless as all the information will be displayed on the screen. You also have the option to make and receive phone calls using the contacts list within your phone. 

Android Auto apps have a consistent design, with large, round buttons for easy touch points, and similar menu structures. The idea is that apps won’t be any more distracting than they need to be (which is why user interface elements look the same from one app to another), and generally don’t need more than a quick glance to be put to work.

A big update to Auto in late 2016 added a phone version of the Android Auto interface to the app, which displays the complete Auto interface solely on the phone. Essentially, it’s a new Car Mode, baked into Android itself. Android Auto also will support “OK Google” commands, meaning you can initiate searches and bark orders without having to hit a steering wheel button first, or touch the display.

Android Auto-compatible cars are available in 30 countries from a wealth of manufacturers, and more are being added all the time. Older vehicles can find aftermarket solutions from the likes of Kenwood and Pioneer which start at £499.99. 

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Just wanted to say a massive thankyou to you guys at Source, especially Chris and Paul who over the past few weeks have impressed me no end. I went to them with a typically sub-standard BMW sound system, not really knowing how it should be improved and had a really friendly informal chat with Chris about the best route to take. What has impressed me most is that never at any point are the people here pushy – they really listen to your requirements and budget and make honest suggestions and give a number of options. Chris and Paul both spoke in some detail about what the issues were and how the problems could be addressed and I felt I was in safe, honest hands throughout the upgrade process. A whole new set of 3 way speaker set up and a new amp later the car sounds crystal clear like never before. Not wanting to change the head unit, the guys had solutions as to how to keep the car looking as factory as possible, and even asked me back in so they could check how the system has bedded in. Old components are carefully removed, allowing you to have them replaced should the car ever be sold. Their installation couldn’t be faulted and their customer service is genuinely excellent – polite, highly knowledgeable and above all honest, with their customer’s best interests at heart. I have no reservations in fully recommending them and have no doubt I will be back in future. Thanks again gents !! Jason

— Jason Turner

A rare treat to experience excellent customer service, real expert and knowledgeable advice, enthusiasm and on-going support. Nothing is too much trouble for Paul and the team at Source Sounds. I wouldn’t even consider going anywhere else!

— Bruce Sachs

Source Sounds is the place to go if you are thinking of having any upgrades done to your vehicle!! They have a vast range of products to choose from, very friendly staff members who will go the extra mile to meet and go beyond customer expectations. The work they carry out is second to none, they have always done a really good job with my audio upgrades both with my current vehicle and my old one. I will be definitely going back in the future to get some more upgrades done. Would highly recommend them to everyone!! Big shout out and thank-you to Jordan and his team to make this possible.