Android Auto vs Apple CarPlay

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by mi7chy, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. mi7chy macrumors 601

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    Not terribly surprising since people are already familiar with how Google Now/Maps work vs Apple Siri/Maps. What is surprising, though, is Apple hasn't fixed geolocation awareness to avoid giving incorrect results for another state/country which was my last experience with Apple Siri/Maps a while ago. Customer privacy isn't an excuse since Google Now/Maps work without opting/logging in.
     
  2. kevinof macrumors 6502a

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    Well I don't have android auto but do have Car play. Tried it a couple of times and then switched it off. The phrase Not for for purpose comes to mind.
     
  3. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    Both Siri and Apple Car Play infuriate me to no end. Apple has had 5 years to get it's AI into a league of its own and it has failed. I don't even bother using anything related to Siri anymore. The only thing worse than Siri is Samsung's S-Voice.
     
  4. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    They both suck, badly. I'm amazed at how unpolished they both are. Android Auto sucks less than Carplay though, but I wish they would get Waze working as that might entice me back to Android.
     
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    Im surprised Waze and google have not partnered up with manufactures to install Waze as a stand alone app on the car's dash.
     
  6. mi7chy thread starter macrumors 601

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    Waze, for those preferring more real time traffic crowd sourcing and fastest time to destination, is supposedly being added as an Android Auto option in a future update.
     
  7. Zaft macrumors 68040

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    Apple would be stupid to now allow 3rd party options for maps.
     
  8. nfl46 macrumors 604

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    Honestly, they both suck in my car. I prefer the look of CarPlay, but the voice controls in AA. Oddly enough, I prefer Waze over AM and GM.
     
  9. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    They've been "announcing" that for over a year now. I remember May last year they even demoed it, so it's pretty much already done. I'm not sure what the hold up is, maybe give Waze more time to add useless features. I know Waze devs already said they can't do Carplay because Apple is blocking them, IMO because of their own competing maps app. But Android Auto should have already been implemented a long time ago.

    Sorry for the frustration, I'm just a very loyal and daily user of Waze. It frustrates me to have a carplay/A-auto capable car but not putting it to use because google and/or waze are dragging their feet. Or in the case of Apple because they are doing their proprietary dance again.
     
  10. mi7chy thread starter macrumors 601

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    At least it's still in progress. I hope the hold up is because the Waze team is adding more intelligence like interfacing with your car's ODBII interface for health status and offering suggestions along your route. For example, I shouldn't have to manually search out a gas station when low fuel indicator comes on. It should proactively look at fuel level, estimate consumption based on route and conveniently suggest stations along the way.

    http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/0...a-community-to-begin-testing-on-android-auto/
     
  11. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    I hope that is optional, I'd hate to have anyone snooping on my driving habits, locations, etc. I've said it before, I have NO issue at all paying Waze a monthly fee if they don't spy on me and I don't have to look at ads. From what I have read the spying on your driving habits won't be optional though. I wonder how that will pan out when your data can be sold to your insurance carrier. Maybe one of the conveniences will be the police/town/city can simply mail me that traffic ticket they issued because of waze/google providing them information about my driving habits. You know what they say, you are only paranoid until you are right.

    I like the gas station stuff, but never understood saving a few pennies. I've tried looking for the cheapest gas stations around and after calculating the savings realized I don't particularly care to go out of my way to save 37 cents. I just pull over at the nearest station, but I do try and avoid stations on highways, rest stops or other locations which you know will be more expensive.
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    Well looks like the beta program is kicking off: http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/0...a-community-to-begin-testing-on-android-auto/ I may have to grab a S8+ and test it out.
     
  12. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    I have to say I am really impressed with Android Auto.

    It wasn't even a factor in vehicle purchase, just kind of a bonus. Actually thought it might just be a gimmick, and not much different than simply pairing via bluetooth. But after using it I don't think I would want a car without it (as well as Carplay). I do think Google Assistant is ahead of Siri right now. I use it quite a bit as the recognition is great--I would say better than just using my phone. The OK Google trigger is also very good--definitely better than on my phone. Having it integrated with the vehicle makes a difference, well beyond simple bluetooth pairing. For example, not only just lowering/muting radio sound for voice interaction, but also lowering the climate control fan speed. I haven't even used the built in voice recognition, as I see no need to ever use. I don't even bother with the steering wheel voice button, which will trigger Google Assistant, since OK Google works so well. (Granted it is a little creepy that your car is listening all the time, lol.)

    I use it (voice) often for Navigation, setting reminders, replying to messages, and random Google Assitant requests (such as "who starred in x movie").

    That said if I switch back to an iPhone, should the iPhone 8 really entice me, I think I would be okay with CarPlay too.




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  13. soulreaver99 macrumors 68020

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    It's not really android auto vs apple car play - it's google maps vs apple maps.

    Google Maps is pretty fantastic in the car :)
     
  14. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    That's true, as the video illustrated. I forgot that I simply use Google Maps when I am using an iPhone. Can't really do that via Carplay. Looks like I now have to take my car into consideration when choosing my next phone. :)
     
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    I use a combination of 3 apps. Waze for actually driving directions, google maps POIs and apple maps to see where my car is.

    Hopefully app will allow other GPS apps in the future on carplay.
     
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    There is finally an Android Auto compatible beta out for Waze. I wasn't yet able to join the beta but found the apk and downloaded it. It's obviously a beta but it works. It's the only "real" app other than Google Maps that I have run on Android Auto (the messaging and audio apps just send data to a pre-designed UI provided by Google).

    No speed limits yet, though.



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    Put it this way, their is a reason all cars with these systems also have the manufactures OWN system and interface built in....

    Says it all I think.
     
  18. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    I don't think it says anything. What are you supposed to do if you don't have a phone or don't want to use it with your car???



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    Erm? Then you can still use the radio and CD player..
     
  20. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    This is a moot point for me as no high-end cars seem to come with either. When will Range Rover, Jaguar, Porsche etc have Auto/Carplay?
     
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    Well said the reason that sucks is because post Steve Jobs Apple sucks
     
  22. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    And that was my point, which was in response to your comment: "their is a reason all cars with these systems also have the manufactures OWN system and interface built in"

    That "built in" system interacts, or has the capacity to interact, with vehicle operation that goes well beyond what Carplay and Android Auto are allowed to do on compatible vehicles. In addition, there is no way a car maker is going to sell a car that requires specific smartphone models--or heck just a phone at all--in order to listen to music. It's an added benefit but the car needs to also be able to be fully functional on its own.
     
  23. apolloa macrumors G3

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    Yes I agree with that. And whilst this is true I've seen more and more cars advertised as Apple Car Play or Android Auto, but more so Apple Car Play probably because of the Apple name, as a main feature like how many doors it has. So whilst no car requires specific phones they are advertised with phone brand systems.
     
  24. einmusiker macrumors 68030

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    So my sonata was updated to support both CarPlay and android auto. Extremely cool to have these features. CarPlay looks so much better and seems to work more consistently, but android auto is more functional and has google maps and waze which is a game changer.

    Hopefully Apple will allow waze on CarPlay

    Only feature missing is speed limits on all three apps. Should be an easy update not sure why they're dragging feet
     

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