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  1. #1
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    Question Smart-Media System: Android Auto and Apple Carplay coming?

    Hey all,

    I'm reading that the current models of the smart Media System includes (or may include) Android Auto, and some articles mention Carplay coming too.

    Can anybody confirm this, and maybe say if this is backward compatible somehow?

    I drove a loan 2017 and noticed the interface is slightly faster than the 2016, and the iconography on the steering wheel button is slightly different to the 2016 model. My local dealer told me that the 2018 model (arriving in May on our shores) will have Andoid Auto. He also mentioned that "Hey Siri" will also be included (which I'm assuming means Carplay).

    Ultimately I would like Carplay, so I don't have to rely on TomTom's outrageous yearly upgrade plan.
    I used some hackery to get Waze to run on-screen using Mirrorlink, but that was with a borrowed Galaxy S5.

    Third-time smartie owner in South Africa. Currently the proud owner of a red & white late 2016 smart ForTwo prime 999cc with manual transmission.

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    Default Re: Smart-Media System: Android Auto and Apple Carplay coming?

    As noted by a recent smart press release:

    "The smart Audio-System (in combination with the lines) and the smart Media-System now includes voice-operated smartphone control with Siri (operating system iOS 6 and higher and Google Now (operating system Android 4.1 and higher). The new voice-operated smartphone control can be activated by pressing and holding the push-to-talk button on the multifunction steering wheel. A further new feature is the improved USB charging socket for the smart Media-System in the centre console. This enables a smartphone to be charged even more quickly.


    In addition, the Android Auto App can be used with compatible smartphones with a USB connection. Android Auto enables smartphone content to be mirrored on the screen and operated via the touchscreen. The display elements of the navigation function have been modified."

    Smart have been promising carplay for a LONG time, but nothing has arrived or formally been announced yet, android auto is a step in the right direction though, and hopefully this will be available as an upgrade to older systems too.

    "elle est belle, votre petite auto Monsieur"

  3. #3

    Default Re: Smart-Media System: Android Auto and Apple Carplay coming?

    Hey guys!

    For those interested, this came up in one of the 453 Facebook posts!

    https://www.reddit.com/r/SmartCar/co...O0&sh=56f7d98e

    I also read on another forum that "some" 453s have CarPlay hidden behind the scenes too.
    My Smart 453 FB Upgrades Page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/Smart453Forum/

  4. #4

    Default Re: Smart-Media System: Android Auto and Apple Carplay coming?

    That worked on mine, I'm miffed to see that they're bringing out a model with a beefed up USB port.
    Smart Fortwo 453 Matte Grey and Gloss Black.

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    Default Re: Smart-Media System: Android Auto and Apple Carplay coming?

    https://www.reddit.com/r/SmartCar/co...rrorlink_siri/

    That tutorial worked perfectly on my 2015 Smart ForFour I now have android auto. Really sad that Smart won't update the older cards as it's just a software switch. Takes a bit of time but so worth it, and so much better than the TomTom effort!

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    Default Re: Smart-Media System: Android Auto and Apple Carplay coming?

    For those that want a more visual tutorial

    https://youtu.be/e2GfPdwGwjY

    This is the CORRECT ELM327 cable that I have tested myself and works!

    https://amzn.to/2yA9gWa
    My Smart 453 FB Upgrades Page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/Smart453Forum/

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    Default Re: Smart-Media System: Android Auto and Apple Carplay coming?

    Iíve got a 2019 reg and it supports Android Auto and Mirrorlink but not CarPlay. Iím not to fussed as I bought a used Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini off eBay and that works with Android Auto.

    Main phone is an iPhone XR and I know the car doesnít support CarPlay because nothing happens when I plug it into USB except allowing playback of music from the phone.

    If it supported CarPlay then it would automatically launch CarPlay once connected. With Android Auto I just have to make sure I load the Android Auto app before connecting.

    I was using a dumb 64GB usb flash drive to playback music but now I have a 256GB MicroSDXC card in my Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini running the not so dumb Android Auto.
    2019 Smart Fortwo Prime Premium Cabrio A453 Turbo 900cc 90hp
    R-Link Evolution Sat Nav/DAB with Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB, SD, AUX
    Heated Seats, Electric Mirrors, Air Con
    6-Speed Dual Clutch Automatic
    Rear Parking Sensors
    White with 15Ē Alloys

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