Maruti Suzuki might have been bashed for the lack of features in the past but it was the first manufacturer to bring Apple Carplay to India with its premium hatchback Baleno. The top end trims of the Ciaz, Baleno, and the Brezza came with a touchscreen infotainment display with Mirrolink and Apple Carplay but the Android Auto functionality was never added. Well better late than never, Maruti Suzuki has announced that all the owners of these cars including the previous generation S-Cross can get the functionality added via an update available at your nearest certified workshop.
What Can Android Auto in your Maruti Suzuki do?
Well it is 2017 and a Maruti Suzuki car today is more about its features than the mechanicals itself. Taking things into their own hands Apple and Google developed Apple Carplay and Android Auto respectively which intend to make our lives easier on the commute. Android has the largest market share in terms of mobile operating systems and keeping that in mind Maruti Suzuki have updated their cars to get the functionality.
Android Auto relies heavily on the ‘OK Google’ command and ensures that you do not have to use your hands to operate your phone and everything is done via voice commands. You can command ‘Ok Google’ followed by a name to call that contact or ask Google to read your messages. Maruti Suzuki owners can also command their Android phones to give them directions for a place on the screens of their infotainment systems.
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What Maruti Suzuki Cars get Android Auto?
The 2017 set of Maruti Suzuki cars like the 2017 Ignis, Dzire and the S-Cross came with Android Auto along with Apple Carplay and Mirrorlink from the beginning. However, the Dzire, Brezza, Ciaz and the previous generation S-Cross can get the feature added via an update which is available at certified Maruti Suzuki workshops.
It was a make it or break it deal for some tech-savvy owners who owned Android phones and this move by the company ensures that these customers do not have to look elsewhere. Almost all 2017 cars except for a few by some odd manufacturers come equipped with all the functionalities.