We had to wait a long time for it, but from today the time has come. Android Auto is now available in the Netherlands and Belgium. Previously you had to activate the function with a detour, but that is about to change.
Android Auto in the Netherlands
More and more cars are being marketed with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The latter was nice, but it could then only be used in our country via a detour. Google now has good news for the Dutch and Belgians (and the residents of 34 countries). Android Auto is being rolled out to 36 countries in total, so the Netherlands and Belgium are also among them.
Using Android Auto you can seamlessly connect your smartphone to the multimedia system of your car. With this you can then navigate, get directions, play your music, communicate with the Google Assistant and use various other options. If you wanted to use it in the Netherlands or Belgium, you had to do this via a detour and you could not just download the application from the Google Play Store. This was already installed by default on some devices. That is now about to change.
Google has announced that it will roll out Android Auto to the following countries from now on; Albania, Angola, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey and Ukraine.
It may take a while for the functionality to be available to everyone. By the way, you only need to connect your phone to the car if it runs on Android 10 or higher.