Your Google-Built-In Infotainment system is about to get a slew of new features. The question is, when will General Motors make the latest apps available to download?
Google has announced that it will roll out a significant number of apps that can be downloaded and used in Android Auto and on systems with Google-Built-In. Waze, YouTube, Zoom, WebEx and other popular applications will soon be usable in automobiles across the world. Even games to pass the time while parked are being planned.
Anyone with a 22-refresh and newer Silverado/Sierra and/or 2023 Colorado/Canyon or Suburban/Tahoe/Yukon/Escalade with Google-Built-In can download and run these programs directly to your vehicle’s infotainment screen. For everyone else who has an Android-Auto-compatible head unit, you’ll still get new apps and features, but they won’t be as integrated as other vehicles.
The hitch for Google-Built-In systems is that Chevrolet/GMC/Buick/Cadillac will have to approve these apps to be offered before you can cruise over to the Play Store and hit the download button. When that happens is anyone’s guess.
Other automakers, such as Volvo and Polestar, have already committed to bringing YouTube to their vehicles right away. Chevrolet has said it will allow Waze to be downloaded to the upcoming Blazer EV later in 2024. Where that leaves current Silverado and Sierra owners with Google-Built-In Systems is yet to be determined. Will GM allow Waze and YouTube on current models or will they wall it off to new EV’s down the line? We hope it’s the former.
Google also announced that Gamesnacks, it’s mobile gaming app, is coming to Google-Built-In devices in the future. That means, when parked and waiting, drivers will have access to more entertainment options, like Beach Buggy Racing 2, Solitaire FRVR and My Talking Tom Friends from publishers like Vector Unit, FRVR and Outfit7 Limited.
We’ll contact GM and update you on a timeline for when you can expect these new apps to appear on your new Silverado, Sierra, Colorado, or Canyon.