Google announced an update for Android Auto with new apps and casting support

There are also forthcoming developer tools for creating new experiences.


Google just announced at an update coming to Android for Cars that should make paying attention to the road just a tiny bit harder. The automobile-based OS is getting new apps, screen casting and more, which were revealed at Google I/O 2024.

First up, select car models are getting a suite of new entertainment apps, like Max and Peacock. The apps are coming to car models with Google built-in that support video, including Polestar, Volvo and Renault. More entertainment options are never a bad thing.

To that end, Angry Birds is coming to cars with Google built-in, for those who want another game to fool around with. The once-iconic bird-flinging simulator is likely the best known gaming IP on the platform, as Android Auto’s other games include stuff like Pin the UFO and Zoo Boom. Both Angry Birds and the aforementioned entertainment options are only available when parked.

Cars with Android Automotive OS are getting Google Cast as part of a forthcoming update, which will let users stream content from phones and tablets. Rivian models will be the first to get this particular feature, with more manufacturers to come.

Google’s also rolling out new developer tools to make it easier for folks to create new apps and experiences for Android Auto. There’s even a new program that should make it much easier to convert pre-existing mobile apps into car-ready experiences.

Android Automotive OS is becoming the de facto standard when it comes to car-based operating systems. Google also used the event to announce that there are now over 200 million cars on the road compatible with Android Auto. Recent updates to the platform allow users to instantly check on EV battery levels and take Zoom calls while on the road.

Catch up on all the news from Google I/O 2024 right here!