Apple doesn’t make many apps for Android like Microsoft does but it has made an exception for Apple Music, its subscription-based music streaming service. It used to be Beats Music which was later rebranded as Apple Music after Apple acquired the company a few years back. Apple has kept the app’s reach limited on the rival platform but now it is time to finally open it up more with support for Android Auto.
If you don’t know, Android Auto is the extension of Google’s platform for your car. It rivals Apple’s CarPlay. Both allow apps to power a different experience in the car that’s focused on minimizing the driver’s distraction while keeping core functionality front and center.
In fact, Apple has added support for Android Auto in the latest beta version of Apple Music for Android. This is the first time a native in-car interface will be available to users who don’t have an iPhone, so that’s a big deal.
The Android Auto interface won’t give you access to a whole lot of features but at least it will be easier for users to control playback while they’re in the car. It is safer than reaching for the phone while behind the wheel.
We don’t know if Apple will continue to add support for more features to the Android Auto interface of its music streaming service.