Chevrolet is putting big support behind both Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto for its 2016 fleet of cars and trucks. The company has announced that 14 models in all will be compatible with the in-dash software powered by iPhone and Android smartphones, respectively. Chevy claims this tops all other automakers.
The big push starts with the new 2016 Cruze, which is scheduled to roll out starting June 24th. But you can also count on the Volt, Malibu, Camaro, Corvette, Silverado, Colorado, and others offering support as the latest models make their way to dealerships. (A full list is included below.)
But Android Auto might not be available right away depending on which infotainment system comes in your car. Systems with the 7-inch MyLink setup will offer both CarPlay and Android Auto out of the gate. But if you opt for the larger 8-inch screen, only CarPlay will be available to start, with Google's software scheduled to arrive later in the year. Some vehicles (like the Corvette and Volt) can only be configured with the 8-inch version. Considering how much we like Android Auto, the delay is a bit unfortunate; hopefully the remaining testing and verification process won't take much longer.
Both CarPlay and Android Auto are the same here as we've seen them previously, offering quick access to music, messaging, phone calls, maps, and select third-party apps like Spotify and podcast clients. Apple and Google each make heavy use of voice commands to keep your eyes focused on the road at all times. Chevrolet also has its own software features that can sometimes override CarPlay or Android Auto. MyLink's "Teen Driver" mode will automatically mute audio until the front two seatbelts are fastened, for example. It's taken some time to get here, but finally you can buy most any Chevy vehicle and know (eventually) it will pair effortlessly with your phone.
2016 7-inch MyLink (both Android Auto and CarPlay)
- Camaro Convertible
- Silverado HD
2016 8-inch MyLink (CarPlay only; Android Auto coming later this year)