GMC Expands Android Auto Availability In Lineup
Software upgrade for new eight-inch IntelliLink radios in Canyon, Sierra, and Yukon available at no charge to owners beginning in March 2016
A software upgrade enabling Android Auto phone capability for 2016 GMC Canyon, Sierra and Yukon models equipped with the new IntelliLink system with an eight-inch-diagonal screen will now be offered in the U.S. The upgrade will be performed by GMC dealers at no cost to consumers. Dealers will notify eligible owners of these vehicles once the upgrade is ready.
Android Auto joins Apple CarPlay, which was unveiled last year, offering phone capability via the available IntelliLink screen.
"Providing Android Auto capability on all of our IntelliLink systems ushers in a new era of staying connected in a convenient manner,” said Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president, Buick and GMC.
GMC’s availability of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will continue to expand this year with the arrival of the all-new 2017 GMC Acadia when it arrives in showrooms this spring.
Each system builds off of the features smartphone users rely on most. 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. A full list of supported apps is available at Android.com/auto.
Many system features can be controlled by voice commands through a button on the steering wheel, helping drivers spend more time with their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
Connectivity has become a central component of GMC’s interior technology features. Just last year, many GMC vehicles also began offering available 4G Wi-Fi connectivity and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. The connection allows drivers to stay connected anytime, anywhere with up to seven personal devices.
This new compatibility stands to make connectivity even stronger. Specific market availability for Android Auto can be found here. Current Apple CarPlay markets can be found here.
Using either application is simple in a compatible 2016 GMC Canyon, Sierra or Yukon. A “Projection” icon on the IntelliLink screen is visible when a phone is not connected, and then changes to indicate either CarPlay or Android Auto (whichever is applicable) when a compatible phone is connected via USB. Android Auto requires a phone running the Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or above, while Apple CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later.
Compatible apps need to be downloaded to a phone before using. Vehicle user interfaces are products of Apple (for CarPlay) and Google (for Android Auto) and their user terms and privacy statements apply. Each requires a compatible smartphone and data plan rates apply.