The latest update to Apple Music for Android brings support for Google’s Android Auto. This is a big deal because both Apple Music and Android Auto have been out for a while now, and the integration is a few years late. Interesting to note that the Cupertino giant just opened up CarPlay to third party developers and Google was quick to release their Maps app for it.
Android Auto is Google’s solution for bringing the Android experience to cars. It works as a dashboard system running a customized version of Android OS which helps you carry out tasks that would otherwise have you pick up your phone while driving. Auto supports tasks such as answering and placing calls, text messages, reminders, playing music and more. Android Auto was released in 2015 and is available in select automobiles, but you can have your own Android Auto experience for your car by buying an aftermarket unit and following a few do-it-yourself videos on YouTube.
Although Apple Music’s Auto support was in closed beta since last month, it is now available officially for all users. The app update also includes music search by lyrics – simply search for a song using a few of its lyrics and let Apple Music look it up for you. Other features include a new artist page design, a friend mix playlist and support for top 100 songs on Apple Music, in your country. Top 100 songs feature was just released for iOS too.
You can find the full change log below for this update:
- Android Auto. The best of Apple Music in your car.
- Search by Lyrics. Use a few of the words to find a song
- New Artist Page. Play an artist with one tap, or browse all of the music with the improved design.
- Friends Mix. A playlist of songs you’ll love from everything your friends are listening to.
- Top 100. Play the daily top 100 songs from countries around the world.
Meanwhile, YouTube Music is still not available for Android Auto. Make of that what you will.
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