Android Auto now available across Maruti range

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Maruti Suzuki Smartplay infotainment systems Maruti Suzuki had presented a new Smartplay touch-screen infotainment system with the Baleno, which later on also became a part of the Ciaz, Ertiga, Vitara Brezza and the S-Cross, it did have one limitation. Although the system had all the features such as Bluetooth connectivity, navigation via SD card and more, it supported only Apple CarPlay. The two vehicles which were introduced with Android Auto as well were the Ignis and the recently launched Dzire. Now, however, Maruti Suzuki will add Android Auto through an update which is a 2.5 GB software available at no extra cost on the cars that missed out this feature.
The good news is that existing cars with the older SLDA1 unit can now also be updated with Android Auto functionality. Maruti says the software update is a quick fix and will be done free of charge at Maruti service stations until March 31, 2018. The small, yet crucial update addresses one of our big grouses with Maruti’s infotainment system.

Whether Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, this system enables a user to mirror some of the features of their smartphone through a USB cable enhancing the connected driving experience in a vehicle. Moreover, in India, Android based phones have a larger admiration due to its inexpensive starting price compared to the starting price of Apple products. This update would enable potential buyers to also think about Maruti Suzuki cars which no longer have this limitation. Hyundai, for example, offers Android Auto, Mirrorlink and Apple CarPlay in the Elite i20, while the Baleno had only Apple CarPlay, until now. The update also gets a new navigation software with updated maps as well.

Along with Android Auto, the current features would remain which includes Bluetooth, AM-FM, Aux-in, ‘intuitive’ playback management,, navigation with saved destination, route customization and this system can also be operated via voice commands