Maruti adds Android Auto support to SmartPlay systems on all cars [update]

19/12/2017 - 13:30 | ,  ,   | Aravind Jayachandran

Update - Maruti has officially announced that all its products equipped with the Smartplay infotainment system will now support Android Auto. Until now, only the newer launches like the Ignis, Dzire, and S-Cross facelift featured Android Auto. Older models offered only Apple CarPlay and Mirror Link support. Also, customers owning Maruti Suzuki Cars with the previous generation Smartplay infotainment system can visit their nearest Maruti Suzuki workshop to get the software update, which enables Android Auto on their systems. The software update is free of cost and will be available until 31st March 2018.

Maruti Baleno RS smartplay system
Customers with Maruti Suzuki cars equipped with older Smartplay units can get the software upgraded at a Maruti Suzuki dealership to add Android Auto connectivity.

July 5, 2017 -

According to Team-BHP, Maruti Suzuki has issued a software update for its Smartplay infotainment system, which introduces Android Auto to older models that have the Smartplay system equipped.

MY2017 Mahindra XUV500 gets Android Auto
It is a welcome move by Maruti to equip Android Auto for older systems as majority of the smartphone market in India runs Android.

While the new Dzire and Ignis had Android Auto from launch, Smartplay-equipped variants of the Maruti Ciaz, Maruti Ertiga, Maruti S-Cross, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Maruti Baleno only had Apple CarPlay in newer versions.

At 2.5 GB, the update can be installed at your nearest Maruti service centre, if you have any one of the cars listed above with the SmartPlay system. Also new is the navigation software with updated maps.

Given that a majority of the smartphone market accounts for Android-powered phones, it is a welcome move by Maruti to equip Android Auto for older systems. It syncs your Android device to the system via a USB connection and displays a simplified vanilla UI on the 7-inch touchscreen system with Google Maps, Play Music, Contacts and Google Now Widgets.

Maruti Baleno SmartPlay India spec
Variants of the Maruti Ciaz, Ertiga, S-Cross, Vitara Brezza and Baleno which have the Smartplay system now receive the feature through the said update.

Also Read: Maruti Vitara Brezza price post-GST slashed by up to INR 2,148

Maruti is the only manufacturer to make Android Auto as a free upgrade for old SmartPlay systems. It remains to be seen if Hyundai will offer a similar update for the older units of the Hyundai Creta, Hyundai Verna and Hyundai i20.

[Source: Team-BHP]

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