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Chevrolet Android Auto Update Available

Cecil Clark Chevrolet now has the software to update eight-inch MyLink systems with Android AutoTM capability in select 2016 model year vehicles. The update is only available through Chevrolet dealers.

Leesburg-area owners of 2016 model year Chevrolet vehicles that qualify for the software update will receive a communication from the brand on how to receive the update at no cost. The update is expected to take approximately 30 minutes. Your phone will need to be running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or newer in order to be compatible.

“It is our goal to provide a top-notch customer experience at every touch point and we will work to make this update process as convenient as possible,” said Gary Sparks, Service Manager at Cecil Clark Chevrolet.

Chevrolet models with the seven-inch MyLink system already include both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability and therefore do not require any update. Apple CarPlay has been integrated with both the seven-inch and eight-inch MyLink systems in select vehicles since the start of the 2016 model year.

2016 model year Cruze sedans with compatible MyLink systems will arrive in the Cecil Clark Chevrolet showroom with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability installed and will not require the software update.

Chevrolet offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility in more models than any automotive brand. The 14 Chevrolet models include vehicles ranging from the brand’s most affordable car, the all-new 2016 Spark, to its highest performance model, the Corvette Z06.

Using either application is simple for Leesburg-area drivers in a compatible 2016 Chevrolet. A “Projection” icon on the MyLink screen is visible when a phone is not connected, then changes to indicate either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto (whichever is applicable) when a compatible phone is connected via USB.

Android Auto requires a phone running the Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or higher, while Apple CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later. The user interfaces themselves are designed and developed by Apple (for Apple CarPlay) and Google (for Android Auto).

Compatible third-party apps need to be downloaded to a phone before using. Apple and Google’s privacy statements and terms of use apply. Data rates will also apply.

2016 Model Year Chevrolet Vehicles Eligible for the Android Auto Software Update
8-Inch MyLink Infotainment
Malibu (Excludes Limited)
Impala
Volt
Camaro
Camaro Convertible
Corvette
Corvette Convertible
Colorado
Silverado
Silverado HD
Tahoe
Suburban
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14 Chevrolet 2016 Models with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Chevrolet becomes the first automaker to have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto simultaneously. Chevrolet announced that it will start offering this in more 2016 models than any other automotive brand in the market. The 14 Chevrolet models will include the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.

“For most of us, our smartphones are essential,” said Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. “Partnering with Apple and Google to offer CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across the widest range of models in the industry is a great example of how Chevrolet continues to democratize technology that’s important to our customers.”




There is one catch, however, the Chevrolet MyLink with the seven-inch screen will provide access to both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay – the eight-inch version of MyLink will only be compatible with Apple CarPlay.

To keep things simple early in the life of CarPlay and Android Auto, drivers won’t be flooded with too many choices in apps. The most important app, maps / navigation, is limited to one per platform: Apple Maps for CarPlay, Google Maps for Android Auto. With CarPlay, you also get Phone, Messages, Music (Apple’s) and compatible third-party apps — “compatible” meaning with CarPlay, not meaning the thousands of other apps approved for iPhone.

Similarly with Android Auto, you get the Google Now, the company’s intelligent personal assistant, and Google Play Music.There will be multiple music and audio apps offered from day one, a smart choice given how users may have bonded with one service, or maybe bonded with and are also paying a monthly free. The Apple site shows Beats Music (Apple-owned), iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, CBS Radio, RDO, Overcast, MLB At Bat, Umano, Audibooks.com, and Podcasts. The Android Auto site shows iHeart Radio, Joyride podcast player, NPR One, Pocket Casts, Spotify, TuneIn, and Umano.

Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto work on cars with the 7-inch screens and MyLink, as mentioned above. For models and trim lines with 8-inch displays, CarPlay works immediately; Android Auto may come later. Chevy describes it this way: “While development and testing is not yet complete, Android Auto compatibility may be available on the eight-inch version of MyLink later in the 2016 model year.” Chevrolet lists these as compatible 2016 model cars:

  • Camaro, Camaro Convertible (counted as two models, 7″, 8″ MyLink)
  • Colorado (8″)
  • Corvette
  • Cruze (7″, 8″)
  • Impala (8″)
  • Malibu (7″, 8″)
  • Silverado, Silverado HD (7″, 8″)
  • Spark (7″)
  • Suburban (8″)
  • Tahoe (8″)
  • Volt (8″)

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