Are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto the next big thing in mobile apps?

Promatics Technologies
Published on Jul 21, 2017 in App Development
Are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto the next big thing in mobile apps

The smartphone has become an integral part of our life and technology touches several aspects such as communication, learning and driving as well. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are not just the extensions of the smartphone technology. They draw our attention to a new ecosystem that has potential to radically transform our driving experience.

Prior to the introduction of Android Auto and CarPlay, the car’s infotainment system was dumb and we were required to look around searching for buttons, knobs to play the music or set temperatures inside the car. With the introduction of Android Auto and CarPlay, the majority of the car’s features are voice controlled. It means the driver's eyes are always glued to the road, which increases the safety of passengers inside the car. Let’s learn about Android Auto and CarPlay in more details.


Apple CarPlay vs Android Auto

Android Auto is a Google product while CarPlay is an Apple product. Both in-car infotainment systems aim to make the car infotainment smarter, convenient and increase passenger and driver’s safety. Today it is hard to imagine navigating through narrow lanes or unknown part of the city without looking at Google Maps or Maps Connect. We are used to our smartphone telling directions, which turn we have to take and how much time will it take to reach the destination.

While finding our way, we have to frequently look at the map displayed on the smartphone screen to get clarity about the instructions. This may be a normal behavior while walking but if you act the same way while driving your car, you are more likely to meet an accident as your attention is divided between smartphone screen and the road.

Android Auto and CarPlay bring several helpful apps from your phone’s screen to your car’s screen so that you never have to look away from the road again. All information is projected on the car’s screen and it keeps the driver aware of the traffic and also makes navigation much easier.

Android Auto and CarPlay functionalities are not limited to Maps and directions. In fact, these systems are as smart as your smartphones and can help you answer calls without picking up the phone, control climate inside your car and play your favorite music without you touching a button. If you are a smartphone user you will find many similarities while using Android Auto and CarPlay. There are not many differences between Android Auto and CarPlay and they work on the same principles


Many people question the need for a separate infotainment system when their functionalities are more or less similar to the ones on the smartphones. This is far from the truth. In fact, in-car infotainment systems like Android Auto and CarPlay are better than smartphones in many aspects. Here are some major differences:

  • The head up displays of Android Auto and CarPlay are larger than smartphones, which make reading of information easier.
  • When an app is launched on Android Auto or CarPlay, you can see everything is huge and the controls displayed on heads up display are more simplistic.
  • The settings and features of Android Auto and CarPlay apps are simpler. For example, if you receive a text message, the default reply option is “I’m driving”, and it can be changed as per your needs.
  • If you receive a call, the infotainment system allows you to reply the call or send a message by pressing a dedicated button on your steering wheel. When you are done with the phone call, the music starts playing from the last point where it was stopped. All this is automatic and voice controlled.

When it comes to efficiency and multitasking, the smartphones are no match to Android Auto and CarPlay. Your head unit of infotainment system can let you do everything – navigation, text messages, phone calls, climate control, music and radio without missing a beat.


What kind of apps are useful while driving

The apps specifically developed for Android Auto and CarPlay can be divided into 5 broad categories

  • Navigation and maps
  • Voice control
  • Messaging and voice calls
  • Music and radio
  • Relevant notifications

There are several apps in the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store that work efficiently on both ecosystems; your smartphone and your car infotainment system. Using similar apps on your smartphone and car’s infotainment system will reduce the learning curve as you are already familiar with the apps features and menus.

The Android Auto and CarPlay are now available in luxury cars and might become the standard for all cars manufactured in future. The mobile app development for Android Auto and CarPlay will see an increasing demand for apps as Android Auto and CarPlay go mainstream.


Developing mobile apps for Android Auto and CarPlay will not be easy as the core apps in these infotainment systems satisfy the majority of the needs while driving. However, the future seems promising and there are several new car app categories that might be useful in the near future:

  • Road safety
  • Apps for motoring enthusiasts
  • Apps for fuel economy
  • Health and ergonomics
  • Insurance liability and security

se are some promising areas for mobile car app development that are more likely to be hit in the future. However, the mobile app development for Android Auto and CarPlay will be limited to two categories:

  • Apps specially developed for Android Auto and Car Play. These apps will not be compatible with Android or iPhones
  • Mobile apps that are made to adapt with Android Auto and CarPlay


ile app development for Android Auto will take a big leap as Google has made the adoption of the infotainment simpler. While you need to have an iPhone and buy a car with Apple’s CarPlay to experience it, Google has made things simpler. You no longer have to buy an Android Auto compatible car or buy a third party compatible head unit. You can comfortably use Android Auto on your big screen phone.


The future of CarPlay and Android Auto

ording to IHS estimates, by 2020 around 40 million cars will have Android Auto and 37.1 million cars will have CarPlay installed. The report also mentions that the connected car platform will be the new playground for the tech giants and the market will be more lucrative for mobile app developers. After all, one of the reasons for Android ecosystem popularity is the largest number of apps available at the Google Play Store. The open source characteristics of Android Auto platform will attract a larger number of mobile car app developers.

le’s CarPlay is also expected to attract a large number of app developers as premium applications are larger in number at the App Store and mobile app development companies can earn more revenue by developing apps for CarPlay whereas Android app developers primarily depend on the ad revenue generated through the free apps.


ile app development companies have been showing support to Android Auto since its release and the support is likely to grow in the future. As Google updates its in-car infotainment regularly, mobile app developers will have new ways to integrate their apps to the car infotainment system. Apple is also likely to toe the same line to maintain the popularity of their CarPlay. As the motor world becomes smarter with technology, the CarPlay and Android Auto will be the next big thing in mobile apps.

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Promatics is a young, rising software development agency from India. They have wide expertise ready to take on the most demanding projects on web and mobile app development, e-commerce, digital marketing, cloud solutions, quality assurance and IT consulting. In the mobile field, they have expert app developers ready to work on Android, iOS, HTML5 and wearables projects.

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