One of the most important changes that Google introduced for Android Auto last year, allowed more developers to add support for the car-optimized experience in their own software, paving the way for a larger ecosystem of behind-the-scenes apps.
By opening Android Auto to third-party developers, Google essentially allowed software vendors to release options even with their own apps, including Google Maps, which right now continue to be the preferred navigation solution for most people out there.
This week, Sygic joins the party with its very own navigation solution that is finally available to everyone on Android Auto. After launching a beta last year, Sygic̵
The application works exactly as you expect it to work. Just connect your Android device to the car’s USB port or connect it wirelessly, launch Android Auto, and then the Sygic GPS Navigation icon should appear on the home screen.
The app comes with its familiar interface, and if you have ever used a navigation app before, everything is as good as it gets. The map, menu buttons, text and signs are obviously larger than on the mobile phone, so the app is generally easier to use.
Number navigation commands are also available, as are maps without a network, which makes it possible to navigate even in areas where there is no data connection. And of course you also get the bonus feature package which includes speed limit warnings, predictive routing to combat traffic jams and lane departure warning.
The rollout of Sygic GPS navigation with Android Auto support is currently in its early stages, and the parent company says that it will all happen step by step. In other words, if Android Auto support is not yet there for you, it should not take too long before it appears.