Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Software update allows all 2016 Ford cars to use Android Auto

Software update allows all 2016 Ford cars to use Android Auto

If you own one of these cars, and if you own an device that has Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher, you can get grab this update today. The massive update will be available for some 800,000 vehicles.

If your vehicle doesn't have a manufacturer-supported Android Auto option, there are aftermarket receivers available with pricing starting in the $300 range and Pioneer added five new models just yesterday that support both Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay.

Ford first announced in early 2016 that it would support Android Auto for its 2017 model cars equipped with SYNC 3, and that its 2016 cars with the same system would support it via a software update planned for later that year.

Ford has confirmed that it is rolling out an update for Ford Sync 3, to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its 2016 cars. Vehicles that have Wi-Fi and automatic system updates enabled within the Sync 3 system will automatically receive the update, Ford says.

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Retroactively offering this kind of thing to auto owners is a definite change in tone for auto makers, since they typically use these kinds of things as incentives to get people interested in vehicle model updates.

Customers can update their software by visiting owner.ford.com to download and install with a USB drive, or by visiting a dealership. Apple CarPlay support requires a USB hub upgrade available through Ford dealers.

This is the first time Ford will offer an infotainment update over Wi-Fi. As long as the system is connected to the Wi-Fi, the update process will keep running in the background.

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