Chevrolet Dealers Offer Free Android Auto Update | Edmunds

Chevrolet Dealers Offer Free Android Auto Update

DETROIT Chevrolet dealers are offering free Android Auto updates for select 2016 model-year cars, trucks and SUVs equipped with the 8-inch MyLink infotainment system.

Chevrolet models with the 7-inch MyLink system already include both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability and therefore do not require updating.

Models eligible for the update include the Camaro, Camaro Convertible, Colorado, Corvette, Corvette Convertible, Impala, Malibu (except Limited), Silverado, Silverado HD, Suburban, Tahoe and Volt.

As previously reported by Edmunds, compatibility with both smartphone-integration systems is a standard feature on 14 Chevrolet vehicles for 2016. New models started getting CarPlay at the beginning of the production year, and now Android users can add their system of choice.

Chevrolet says owners of vehicles that qualify for the free software update will receive a communication on how to proceed and noted that the upgrade, which needs to be installed at a dealership, should take about 30 minutes.

"We are working with our dealers to make the software update as quick and easy as possible to minimize any inconvenience to our owners," said Brian Sweeney, Chevrolet's U.S. vice president, in a statement.

Both CarPlay and Android Auto place many smartphone features on a vehicle's in-dash display, allowing users to talk on the phone, send and receive messages, control music functions and access a variety of apps, all from the touchscreen or by voice.

Chevrolet notes that Android Auto requires a phone running the Lollipop 5.0 operating system or higher, while Apple CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later.

Edmunds says: Android users who bought Chevrolet vehicles early in the model year can now take advantage of in-car smartphone integration through their local dealership.

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