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Building Apps for Auto

The Android platform enables you to extend your app to work with in-vehicle console systems running Android Auto. These systems provide a simplified interface for apps that can be used in a car, allowing users to take your app with them on the way to the grocery store or on a long road trip.

Apps that work with Android Auto consoles run on a connected device, such as a phone or tablet. The app communicates via specific APIs with the in-dash console, which provides a user interface for the connected app that is designed for use in a car.

Follow the links below to learn how to extend your Android app to support use in vehicles.

If you prefer to learn through interactive video training, check out the Android Auto Development course on Udacity (trailer embedded here), and other videos below.

Get Started

Learn the basics of extending your app for use in vehicles, with information about app configuration and user interface design considerations:

Audio Apps

Learn how to extend your audio app to enable content navigation and playback through a vehicle console:

Messaging Apps

Learn how to extend your messaging app to provide text communication services through a vehicle console:

App Quality and Distribution

Learn how to distribute your Auto app and how apps are evaluated for quality and driver safety:


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