Back in the day Apple’s Mac lost the desktop wars to Microsoft’s Windows. Here we are in the mobile device age and Microsoft is mostly nowhere to be seen. Even though Apple was first to market with the iPhone (much the same as the Mac was first with a graphical user interface), Google’s Android has become the most used mobile OS on the planet.
And, just as the Mac rakes in most of the traditional PC industry’s meager profits, so too does Apple’s iOS take home most of the mobile industry’s meager profits.
Here’s one place where both Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay meet and go head to head. Your car. And this time it’s not a winner-take-all proposition. Most major carmakers are adopting both dashboard platforms– Apple’s CarPlay system which uses Siri and connected iOS devices– and Android Auto which uses Google voice search, Google Maps, and all things Google from a connected Android mobile device.
At some point in the not-too-distant future you’ll be able to plugin in your iPhone or Galaxy S5 into your car’s dashboard and fire up an app and your car becomes a bona fide member of the 21st century family of connected devices.
A few cars will sport both Android Auto and CarPlay later this year, with more manufacturers on board next year, which is good timing because the Mincey Clan’s Car will be paid for and that means shopping time.
How will Android Auto and Apple CarPlay differ?
Not much, it appears. Both platforms will feature voice recognition and commands to play music, map out directions, use the phone, send a text or email message, and might eliminate the dangers of texting while driving since both can take dictation and read incoming messages.
My only worry is that I’ll be in the market for a new car and the car I want to buy is stuck using a single platform I don’t want to use (I’m thinking Android Auto might scare me, but if the car is really cool and a good deal, would I ditch my iPhone if CarPlay isn’t available?).