The car application Android Auto is now only compatible with relatively new versions of the Android operating system. The support page for the app shows that from now on you will need Android 8.0 (Oreo) or newer to be able to use the app and associated functions. Until recently, this was still Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), as AndroidWorld describes.
Android Auto is a feature of Android that allows users to connect their smartphone directly to a car display. After all, many modern cars have an interactive screen in the dashboard. With Android Auto, your (car) apps appear directly on the screen and Google Assistant is also supported in this way. All Android devices with the respective operating system from version 8.0 are compatible. Here Google reports which cars are supported.
Smartphones with Android 10 or newer have an additional advantage. These devices have all Android Auto functions baked into the main operating system. The separate Android Auto app is therefore no longer necessary for newer versions of Android; these devices can connect directly to the supported vehicles.
Sources: Google, via AndroidWorld
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