Comparison of Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto [VIDEO]



Apple and Google have announced two different solutions for accessing the contents of your mobile device while driving.

Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto are the two companies’ attempts at re-imagining what the user interface of your car’s in-dash experience should look like. 9to5Mac has released a full comparison video between CarPlay and Android Auto, which can be seen below.

The comparison video was recorded at the LA Auto Show in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. The latest model of the Sonata comes with the ability to use both Apple’s and Google’s solution.

Apple’s CarPlay looks like a simplified iOS user interface and uses voice recognition to perform the majority of tasks. If you use an iPhone and Siri on a daily basis, then CarPlay should be really easy to use.


On the other hand, Google’s Android Auto brings a Google Now-like design with a card-based interface. However, while driving the predominate way to use Android Auto is through voice recognition. If you are used to Android and Google Now, then you should feel right at home when using Android Auto.

“CarPlay and Android Auto apps are not installed directly on the system, but instead work as projections from your iOS device. If you install an app that has integration, the selection will be available on the interface’s home screen. Android Auto is still in beta, but the APIs and SDK have been made available to developers which will allow many of your favorite apps to roll out integration in the near future. With CarPlay there’s an API, but Apple will need to whitelist apps for them to be available. Keep in mind, neither of these platforms are available in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata yet, but will be available in the future.”

Both CarPlay and Android Auto are currently in beta and are expected to be finalized and released (without the beta tag) over the next year.


  • Scuba Steve

    I’m sorry, but the android auto setup completely and fully owns Apples car play. When presented with both like in the video you get the feeling that apples version is like running ms dos from way back and androids is just mega sexy all the way. Apple has got their work cut out for them, and they really need to stop what their currently doing and start from scratch again – and soon!

  • FragilityG4

    Although I don’t disagree with you that Androids interface looks better, we have to remember that we are driving and should not be distracted by a cute background image.

  • Anon

    iOS UI hasn’t changed much at all since 2007. 4×4 4×5 and now 4×6 rows of icons. That carplay is a throw back to iOS ’07..LOL

  • FragilityG4

    Hasn’t slowed the sales.

  • Anon

    Sure hasn’t. But the same icon grid layout is dated. I’m Hoping they switch over to the iWatch UI sometime in a near future IOS update, as that thing would be a major game changer.

  • Bubbler

    Agreed. Look at what Microsoft did to Windows 7. Most of the PC users don’t want the so called Surface 8. People should be careful of what they wish for.

    iOS UI is good enough to last for a long time. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Just refine it.

  • FragilityG4

    I personally don’t like the Apple Watch/iPod Nano UI. I’m not a fan of the round icons.

  • Chrome262

    I still don’t see why this is needed at all, you just need a bluetooth interface and it runs through you phone anyway. Hell you don’t need a screen even, do it all through voice.

  • Riddlemethis

    These carplays are fine and dandy for yet to be built models. For existing (older) cars/models one year old or older, good luck in trying to upgrade. Many car markers like Mazda have issues with their inferior infotainment systems. I wouldn’t expect anything different unless Apple has strict licenses,

  • Riddlemethis

    cuz BT Hifi audio simply sucks.

  • ShaBi

    What makes it “dated”? How do you define a “dated” UI? iOS layout is pretty much a touch interface’s simplest, most functional form. The Apple Watch UI is a huge mess when you have a lot of apps (remember Windows Mobile 6.5 Honeycomb?) . It might work on a watch where there’s limited apps, but not on a phone.

    I think you don’t really understand what “game changer” means.

  • Chrome262

    its still BT from your phone, it doesn’t hold a library of music, so either way you get that.

  • Dave

    Android Auto looks prettier, but CarPlay looks more functional in a car.

    AA seems to have nicer aesthetics, in that it’s more smartphone-like and it’s got a nice, light, and airy feel to it, but at the same time, it seems like you need to focus on it more. The nested menus, the icons, the text size, and just the general way that the UI is set up – seems to demand more attention from the driver.

    With Apple’s CarPlay, I don’t think it looks as nice, but it seems easier to navigate in short bursts. It seems like you can execute a function and then get your eyes back on the road more quickly than with AA.

    To put it another way, Android Auto looks like it was designed for the passenger while CarPlay looks like it was designed for the driver.

  • Tim

    I’m assuming you get the “joy” of Apple maps with car play. If so, Android please.

    PS. Nice article, Nick. No sarcasm intended. The whole thing read in very neutral and informative way.