Android Auto, Google Built-In to now support Zoom audio calls

    Besides Prime Video, Google has also brought in Vivaldi, a new web browser for cars that support Google Built-In.

    Published On Sep 20, 2023 08:00:00 AM

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    Google has updated its Android Auto and Built-In applications; the latter's integrated into the infotainment and makes Google the operating system. They will now support more apps and features than before, and with this update, it brings in support for apps like Amazon Prime Video, Zoom and The Weather Channel, among others.

    1. Drivers can now access WebEx and Zoom without a smartphone
    2. Google Built-In adds support for Amazon Prime Video
    3. Google announced Vivaldi, a chromium-based web browser for cars

    Zoom calls while driving, web browsing while parked

    With these fresh updates, drivers can now access audio calls on Zoom and WebEx using Android Auto, without having to use a smartphone. This facilitates drivers to join scheduled meetings and conference calls whilst driving, much like a regular phone call. Besides this, Google has also announced that Prime Video will be available on the Google Play Store for select Renault, Volvo and Polestar vehicles. It added that these capabilities will make their way to other models and brands in the near future.

    Google has also rolled out Vivaldi, a chromium-based web browser, which allows drivers to browse the web from their car's infotainment systems. Emphasising on safety, Google stated that the Prime Video app and the Vivaldi browser will only work when the car is parked. Google Built-In will also add support for The Weather Channel app, which provides drivers with hourly weather forecasts, weather alerts and also a 'Trip View' radar feature.

     

    Digital car keys

    Expanding on digital car keys – a feature already available across Europe – Google said the feature will now be making its way to the United States, Canada and South Korea on select Hyundai, Genesis and Kia models. Google is said to be actively working with different auto manufacturers to bring this feature on various other models.

    This announcement comes at a time when some manufacturers are looking to completely abandon Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities focusing instead on developing proprietary software for smartphone connectivity. General Motors had earlier announced that it will not be offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in their future models. They are, however, working with Google to develop their own software. Apple had also announced plans last year to provide major updates to CarPlay, revamping it completely to offer better customisation for drivers. The Cupertino-based tech giant said that it will announce the first list of cars with the new software support later this year. Mercedes, Ford and Jaguar are expected to already be on board, with other manufacturers following suit.

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