Earlier this year, Google finally launched Android Auto for third-party navigation apps. Now the first of these apps is finally available. Sygic has just added support for Android Auto, and you can download it today.
Update 4/5: Alongside Google, which opened the Play Store for Android Auto apps today, Sygic made its formal debut. Now all users can download the Sygic app to their phones and use it on Android Auto, no beta access required.
One of the most anticipated events for drivers using Android phones is here. Sygic GPS Navigation is now available on Android Auto as one of the first navigation apps, offering the benefit of offline maps. Sygic is currently used by more than 200 million users worldwide.
Sygic GPS navigation on Android Auto provides a whole new level of experience and comfort. Mirroring the navigation app to the car screen allows safer navigation and does not mean more devices on the windshield, and you do not have to look down or handle the phone while driving.
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Sygic is now available via the Play Store and has added support for Android Auto in a beta version of the app. With that update, Sygic will be the first third-party app to support Google’s platform, as only Google Maps and Waze have been available to users for a long time.
Sygic is a very popular map service with over 50 million downloads on the Google Play Store alone. Of course, the service offers GPS-based navigation globally, but also supports user reports for traffic cameras and even some AR functions in parts of Europe. Sygic also supports several offline features that Google Maps does not.
A Reddit user was able to get the app’s newly built Android Auto support to work with their car, and share photos of the interface in a post. Seen below, the Sygic user interface on Android Auto is not all that different from Google Maps, and the app even supports the bottom line to show directions while a user is in a media app.
The Sygic beta app is open to everyone through the Play Store, which means it’s just a few taps and an update to get the navigation service up and running on Android Auto! Hopefully this functionality will move to the stable track sooner rather than later.
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