GMC Expanding Android Auto Availability Starting March 2016

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

SEE ALSO: Chevrolet Reveals Android Auto Launch Plans

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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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