Today, iHeartRadio was updated. And with that update they brought in support for Android Auto. So now you can use Google Play Music, Spotify or iHeartRadio for music. iHeartRadio was one of the headlining apps when Google announced Android Auto not too long ago. With the headphones icon on the bottom of the Android Auto interface, you can switch between iHeartRadio and a slew of other apps.
As expected, the iHeartRadio app does look almost the same as the Google Play Music app, on Android Auto. The only real difference here is the color. Instead of orange highlights that Google Play Music uses, iHeartRadio uses red highlights and it actually looks really awesome.
According to iHeartRadio’s description in the Play Store (and yes they did update the description and Changelog, good job iHeartRadio):
“When you plug your smartphone into a vehicle equipped with Android Auto, iHeartRadio joins you for the ride. Access your favorite stations wherever your travels take you! For more information, please visit http://android.com/auto.”
Currently, only a few automakers have Android Auto in their current crop of cars. Although they are not shipping them just yet. Why? It’s due to Google. When I spoke with Hyundai at the North American International Auto Show last month, they said that Google hadn’t finished developing Android Auto, but as soon as they do, they will be shipping their Accent, and a few other models with Android Auto capabilities. Additionally, cars with the larger screen will get updates to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for those interested in that.
Great to see some more apps getting updated to Android Auto support. I wonder how many others we will see support Android Auto in the next year or so? Hopefully PocketCasts and Soundcloud get updated real soon, so everyone can listen to the AH Show in the car.