One of the biggest from last year is that Google has at long last made it possible for third-party app developers to compete against Google Maps on Android Auto, therefore bringing more navigation tools and solution to users out there, thereby enhancing the ultimate driving experience. Principally, this isn’t all that good news for tech powerhouse, Google and its Google Maps, but as it today, the arrival of more navigation apps on Android Auto hasn’t necessarily affected the Google Maps user base in any way. Just in case Android Auto is new to you, and you’re wondering what it is, here it is. Android Auto is that smart driving companion that helps you stay focused, connected, and entertained with the Google Assistant. With a simplified interface, large buttons, and powerful voice actions, Android Auto is designed to ultimately make it easier to use apps that you love from your phone while you’re on the road.
Despite developers investing loads of resources in their navigation tools and bringing it to Android Auto, Google Maps continues to stand out and be the preferred app for most user generally. And looking at the bigger picture, it’s no wonder why. First and foremost, let’s admit it. Google Maps feels like home on Android Auto. It’s a Google app running on top of another Google app, so in theory, the two should work like a charm. This doesn’t necessarily mean the navigation app is always running flawlessly on Android Auto, but in most case, say about 99 percent of them, Google Maps is a highly reliable solution that does its job very well.
Talking about the update pace that Google has embraced for Google Maps and on Android Auto as well. The search giant regularly improves Google Maps, not only with new features but also with further improvements and refinements, and this helps make the driving experience overall a lot more polished and refined. The July 2021 data pretty much speaks for itself. Google rolled out no less than 14 updates for Google Maps (both beta and stable), out of which no less than 8 were part of the stable branch and therefore released to production devices. Furthermore, Google has gone on to announce plenty of new features for Google Maps lately, including navigation improvements that allow the app to provide drivers with alternative routes supposed to reduce the carbon footprint of the car.
With this, Google Maps is definitely getting ready for the future, as it continues to focus on environmentally-friendly capabilities, helping cut the emissions from vehicles in the easiest possible way.
Lastly, another reason we think Google Maps such a good choice on Android Auto is how accurate it always is., giving users that reliable feel. Google Maps has taken the spot as a stand-alone platform that includes not only a wide array of features but also an impressive amount of data covering most regions in the entire world, all with up-to-date information powered by map editors. This way, Google Maps is theoretically capable of providing users the ultimate experience with accurate navigation information, even in those regions where the road network is constantly changing. This is something that may not be entirely possible in the case of typical navigation software where a full update is required. Google Maps takes advantage of Internet connection to always download the latest map data. And of course there’s more to making Google Maps such a great app for Android Auto users, including the features it comes with, the offline maps, the dark mode, and everything else. Overall, despite the arrival of several other navigation apps on Android Auto, Google Maps was, is, and will continue to remain the go-to navigation system for most users out there. If Google continues to stay committed to the work they put into the app as before, chances are it won’t stop to be users’ favorite choice anytime.