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Toyota Finally Adds Android Auto

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But only for these select models, for now.

Toyota has been slowly adding Apple CarPlay compatibility to its new models, but the automaker has stubbornly refused to add Android Auto – even when most of its competitors now offer it as standard. Thankfully, this is finally about to change. Android Auto is now compatible with select 2020 Toyota SUVs and trucks, including the 4Runner, Tacoma, Tundra, and Sequoia.

In Europe, the system is also available for the Aygo city car from 2018 onwards, as well as the Yaris starting from the 2019 model.

Sadly, this means some of the automaker's popular sedans like the Camry and Prius still won't be offered with Android Auto compatibility – at least not for now. When the 2020 Tacoma and Sequoia TRD Pro were announced, Toyota confirmed to us that it's working to add compatibility to other models including Lexus cars, but didn't provide a time frame. Better late than never.

Why has it taken this long for Toyota to add Android Auto to its cars? Like many other automakers at the time, Toyota was concerned about the system's security. Instead, Toyota focused on developing its own infotainment system based on Automotive Grade Linux, which uses Ford's SmartDeviceLink to allow some Apple and Android apps to be mirrored on a car's screen. This didn't stop customers from demanding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to be added to Toyota cars, however, since most major automakers now support both systems.

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Toyota was also one of the last mainstream automakers to add CarPlay compatibility to its cars. Back in January 2018, the automaker announced that CarPlay would finally be offered in the 2019 Avalon. Since then, it's been added to the company's other sedans and small SUVs. CarPlay will also come to the new models that are getting Android Auto.