Chevy sets Android Auto rollout date for select 2016 models

Chevy sets Android Auto rollout date for select 2016 models

Making good on its promise, GM will be adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its 2016 Chevrolet models by spring.

Chevys fitted with the 7-inch MyLink system will be able to use Android Auto as soon as customers take delivery on their vehicle. But customers who purchase a 2016 Chevrolet model optioned with the 8-inch MyLink system will have to wait until March 2016 to receive the Android Auto update.

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Being the egalitarian brand that it is, the Android Auto rollout will span 14 vehicles in the range, from the subcompact Spark to the 650-horsepower, Italian supercar-trouncing Corvette Z06.

The update will not be immediate; owners will need to visit their dealership to receive a software update before they can start using Android Auto. "We are working with our dealers to make the software update as quick and easy as possible to minimize any inconvenience to our owners," Alan Batey, president of GM North America and Global Chevrolet, said in a prepared statement.

Should you ever switch from an Android to an iPhone, however, you will be able to utilize either operating systems just as easily. Simply plug either model of the phone into the car's USB port and either CarPlay or Android Auto will automatically launch.

If you're wondering if your phone will be compatible with your car, Android Auto requires Lollipop 5.0 operating system or higher, while Apple CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later.

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