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Android Auto is finally coming to Toyota vehicles

Ever since its inception in 2015, Android Auto has proven to be one of the safest and most intuitive interfaces for interacting with navigation, music, and notifications in the car. Google's already partnered with most major automobile brands, and after years of resistance from Toyota, the Japanese car brand is finally on board.

This news comes from a Bloomberg report, and while it isn't set in stone quite yet, it's expected that a final announcement will be made at some point in October (possibly at Google's October 9 Pixel 3 event).

Although Android Auto can technically be used in Toyota cars right now, it's done so through Ford's SmartDeviceLink feature that severely limits the features and UI.

Toyota previously started supporting Apple CarPlay in January, so a move like this only makes sense. Stay tuned!

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

15 Comments
  • Toyota. Hahahaha
  • I don't get the laughter.
  • This is good!
  • Apple iTunes only worked marginally better on Toyota vehicles than Google Play Music... Ie. Searching albums and artists. Good news though, very good preliminary news. That said, replacing the standard Toyota console rectangle with Kenwood Google audio and nav is so, so superior.
  • I applaud Toyota for this move. However, I'm still not going to buy a Toyota (or Lexus) as long as they have that ugly a$s grill.
  • I love the grill. Plus the comfort of a Lexus and overall driving dynamics should more than compensate for any drawbacks one may have because of the grill.
  • Android auto doesn't even display on my nissan rogue let alone work.
  • How does smart device link work with toyota vehicles? I can't really find any info
  • Currently works on Toyota with Ford's app..that is hilarious. Bout time Toyota starts to adopt aa
  • Huh? I have a 2017 Tundra and would love to have AA work... Any suggestions welcome.
  • Yeah - I got it - I reread the article. It doesn't work for my Tundra though.
  • Maybe it's just me, but am trying to buy a car and I started out by filtering out all those without AA. So no BMW or Toyota. I don't get the refusal to adopt.
  • Buy an new design Audi
  • The Ford bit seems to have been thrown in randomnly but in any case is this correct? Ford has full Android Auto Support as far as I can see (from reading/videos) BUT Toyota is looking at not using that but whatever Google call Android in the car as the OS (at least that is what I read elsewhere).
  • Just download it to your phone and use it in whatever car you want. What's the big deal?