When GM announced that its models will have Android Auto, it noted that 8-inch infotainment models would get an update in March 2016. The update is right out now, right on time from dealers for vehicles with compatible systems.
A software update for Android Auto compatibility for select 2016 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models with the 8-inch infotainment touchscreens will now be offered. The upgrade is available by each brand ‘s dealer at no cost.
Chevy Android Auto for 8″ Screens Upgrade in 30 Minutes
Chevrolet dealers now have the software to update eight-inch MyLink systems with Android Auto capability in select 2016 model year vehicles. The update is only available through Chevrolet dealers.
Owners of 2016 model year Chevrolet vehicles that qualify for the software update will receive a communication from the brand on how to receive the update at no cost. The update is expected to take approximately 30 minutes.
“We are working with our dealers to make the software update as quick and easy as possible to minimize any inconvenience to our owners,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet.
Chevrolet models with the seven-inch MyLink system already include both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability and therefore do not require any update. Apple CarPlay has been integrated with both the seven-inch and eight-inch MyLink systems in select vehicles since the start of the 2016 model year.
2016 model year Cruze sedans with compatible MyLink systems will arrive in dealer showrooms with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability installed and will not require the software update.
Buick Regal & LaCrosse Android Auto
Buick is now offering Android Auto via software a update to U.S. owners who purchased a 2016 model year Regal or LaCrosse model equipped with an eight-inch IntelliLink system. The update is available now exclusively through Buick dealers.
Buick’s availability of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will continue to expand this year with the arrivals of new products to the brand’s showrooms. For the 2017 model year, availability will include the Regal and the all-new LaCrosse, as well as the Envision compact crossover and redesigned Encore small SUV.
Android Auto requires a phone running the Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or higher, while Apple CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later. The user interfaces themselves are designed and developed by Apple (for Apple CarPlay) and Google (for Android Auto).
GMC Canyon, Sierra & Yukon 8″ Screen Android Auto
The Android Auto update is available for 2016 GMC Canyon, Sierra and Yukon models equipped with the 8-inch IntelliLink system will now be offered in the U.S. The upgrade will be performed by GMC dealers for free.
Android Auto Cadillac Right On Cue
Current customers of 2016 model year vehicles with Cadillac CUE can receive a complimentary software update by making an appointment with a local Cadillac dealer – 2016 SRX excluded.
Android Auto is built around Google Maps, Google Now and the ability to talk to Google, as well as a growing audio and messaging app ecosystem that includes WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, Spotify, and podcast players.