I really don’t know how many Android fans who’ve bought into Google’s ecosystem would favor CarPlay over Android Auto, but maybe Apple’s in-car software is your only choice. If that’s your situation, you can at least now stream from the Google Play Music iPhone app using Apple’s finger-friendly in-car software, as reported by 9to5Mac. The CarPlay version of Play Music is divided into four sections: Home, Recents, Music Library, and Stations. Home is where you’ll find recommendations — both based off your listening habits and other influencing factors like the time of day, your mood, or location.
This is Google’s first app to offer CarPlay support. While you’d expect Google Maps or the popular Waze to be more obvious choices, Apple doesn’t currently allow navigation alternatives to Apple Maps on CarPlay. But the software definitely has plenty of choices when it comes to music: you’ve got Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and now Google Play Music.
To get Play Music up to date for use in your car, just update to the latest version on your iPhone.