Shortly after the announcement of the opening of Android Auto for third-party applications, the first of them has landed on the platform. Anyone can download the Sygic GPS navigation app without the requirement of the beta access restrictions set out above. Sygic is apparently one of the most downloaded offline browsing apps on the Play Store (over 50 million downloads) with over 200 million users worldwide. Now the app becomes the first major native alternative to the Google Maps app on Android Auto.
The app was released in beta last year with very limited access for Android Auto app developers and finally the average user can explore its navigation features on the vehicle’s head unit. One just has to plug their Android phone into the USB port (or connect wirelessly), and the Sygic GPS Navigation icon appears on the home screen.
Those who use the app on their phones will get a similar UI design, of course with slightly larger menu buttons and text for ease of use. It can also be navigated with voice commands, along with the convenience of the offline maps feature, which is much better than Google Maps.
In the vehicle, you can take advantage of other features such as speed limit warnings, rerouting for high traffic areas, or lane assist where available. The app was announced a couple of days ago with a cheesy commercial on Sygic’s official Twitter account.
It should be noted that the implementation of Android Auto support will be staggered; it may take some time to reach some users all over the world, so please be patient. That being said, the app can be downloaded via beta programAnd when Android Auto compatibility arrives for your device, you can immediately explore it on your car console.