Apple CarPlay vs. Android Auto: smartphone mirroring showdown

Apple CarPlay vs. Android Auto: smartphone mirroring showdown

Between Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both systems offer provisions for native apps including Phone, Maps, Calendar, Music, News, Podcasts/Audiobooks and Settings. Similarly, you can also get third-party integration for apps like Spotify for music and Waze for mapping, as well as a host of other music streaming, podcast, internet radio, messaging, and navigation apps.

To avoid distractions, in-car voice assistance is a simpler version of what you might expect from your phone or smart speaker at home. You can ask questions like “What time is it in London?”, “What’s the temperature outside/in Sydney?” or “How long does it take to drive to Yass?”. However, you cannot ask for a recipe for chocolate cake, for example, or a history of sights you see on the street.

While both smartphone mirroring platforms allow notifications, Android Auto is more discreet in announcing incoming calls, texts, and messages. Apple CarPlay’s voice assistant turns off the screen and reads out a notification, while Android Auto simply minimizes and reads out the notification. For example, you can continue to follow the navigation while you have messages read to you.

Tom started out in the automotive industry using his photography skills but quickly learned that journalists got the better end of the deal. He started at CarAdvice in 2014, moved to Bauer Media titles such as Wheels and WhichCar in 2017 and then returned to CarAdvice in early 2021 during the transition to Drive. As part of the Drive content team, Tom covers automotive news, car reviews and advice and has a particular interest in long-form feature stories. He understands that every car buyer is unique and has different needs when it comes to buying a new car, but equally there is a loyal subset of the Drive audience that loves entertaining enthusiast content. Tom has great respect for all things automotive, regardless of model, and prides himself on noticing the subtle things that make every car tick. Not a day goes by when he doesn’t learn something new in an ever-changing industry, which is then passed on to Drive’s readership.

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