GMC will offer a software upgrade to enable Android Auto compatibility on various 2016 models starting next March.
The upgrade will be done by GMC dealers and is compatible with the 2016 GMC Canyon, Sierra and Yukon models equipped with the available eight-inch IntelliLink system. Android Auto will join Apple CarPlay, which was unveiled earlier this year, offering phone compatibility through the vehicles’ IntelliLink screen. Similar to Chevrolet vehicles, GMC models will display a “Projection” icon on the IntelliLink screen when a phone is not connected. That icon will change to indicate either CarPlay or Android Auto when a compatible phone is connected via USB.
Android Auto will require a phone running the Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or above, while Apple CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or newer. Android Auto’s system 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, Google Play Music, Spotify and more.
“Providing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility ushers in a new era of staying connected in a convenient manner,” said Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president, Buick and GMC.
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