Honda Gold Wing gets Android Auto app integration (2018 and newer)
When Honda included Apple CarPlay in the completely redesigned 2018 Honda Gold Wing lineup, everyone with an iPhone cheered. It was the first motorcycle to have this advanced travel software on board. However, those with Android phones have wondered, “What about me? It took a few years, but the Android Auto The app will now be included in Honda Gold Wing and Gold Wing Tour models from mid-June 2020. The best part is that the software is backward compatible with 2018 and newer Gold Wings, and it’s free.
Android Auto uses Google Assistant, voice activation, and a simplified interface to operate in a two-wheeled environment. The idea is to reduce distractions so that the rider can concentrate as much as possible on the road. Hands-free design means riders keep their hands on the grips and their eyes on the road.
The capabilities offered by Android Auto are wide-ranging, including playing music, playing audiobooks, consuming podcasts, keeping news and listening to messages, and making and receiving calls. telephone (cellular and Skype). For touring, Android Auto gives you direct access to essential navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze.
You are no longer limited to listening to the music downloaded on your Android phone as Spotify, YouTube Music, IHeartRadio, Amazon Music and others are part of the available and customizable application suite of Android Auto. Plus, you have direct access to dozens of radio station apps, ranging from music to talk radio. Android Auto works with Android phones running software 5.0 or later.
Although Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are only available with 2018 and the new Gold Wing models, Honda tells us that the availability of both features will be available for other Honda motorcycles. You can immediately see the value of these characteristics in adventure models, such as the Honda Africa Twin CRF1100.