2015 Hyundai Sonata: Yep, Android Auto Includes MLB At Bat
August 17, 2015
Without question, I wouldn't be as big a fan of Android Auto in our long-term 2015 Hyundai Sonata if it didn't support apps that I already use and like. I've already told you about my experiences with the Google Maps navigation system takeover and the integration of the third-party messaging app WhatsApp.
But Android Auto's support for the MLB At Bat app really makes me happy.
Of course, if you're a paid subscriber to MLB At Bat, you don't need Android Auto to listen to a game in a car. In the past, I've played it as a podcast when I had an iPhone and was plugged into the USB port, or when that didn't work, streamed it via Bluetooth. But in either case, the process is clunky. You have to select the game on your phone before you start driving, and it's easy to derail the feed whenever you stop the car, possibly causing you to miss critical moments in the game.
Using the app in Android Auto solves that problem. You tap the headphones icon at the bottom of the display and you'll see a list of all possible audio apps.
Assuming there are games in progress, tapping the MLB app pulls up a list of possible games. So you just choose one (as shown in my lead photo), and then pick your AM radio feed. As in the regular version of this app, there are home and road feeds in English, plus at least one Spanish broadcast.
Obviously, if I'm driving around Los Angeles, there's no need to use the At Bat app to listen to the Dodgers since I can easily tune in the KLAC broadcast on AM 570. But if I'm on a road trip, or if I was a Toronto Blue Jays fan like James Riswick, you can see how useful this would be.
You can pause the game just as you can in the normal app.
Once you have the app going, you can go to another screen and you'll get updates on the game as Google Now-style push notifications. You'll notice that mine show the inning but not the score. I believe that's because I've previously told Google not to update me with scores, because I don't want spoilers in case I've recorded the game (yeah, on the rare day that the Dodgers are televised in my area) to watch later.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor