Google has released a new Android Automotive emulator which provides a full replica of the OS to help developers test their apps.
While Android Auto essentially mirrors apps running from a connected Android device, Android Automotive is a full operating system designed for the car.
The tighter integration Android Automotive has with the vehicle opens new opportunities for developers, but it also makes robust testing in an emulator prior to real-world trials even more critical.
Google’s updated Android Automotive OS emulator now includes the Play Store which provides a complete solution for developers to design, create, and test their apps, even if they don’t have access to a supported vehicle.
Porting apps from Android Auto to Android Automotive is a relatively trivial process which many developers have already undertaken. Google says more apps like Amazon Music, YouTube Music, and Audioburst will make the transition soon.
Google plans to provide further details about creating apps for Android Automotive at the Android Dev Summit 2019 which runs from today (October 23rd) until tomorrow.
Android Dev Summit 2019 is being streamed live and more information, including a schedule, can be found here.