Most modern cars come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on their infotainment system, but some automakers including Porsche have avoided Android Auto for some reason. In 2019, Porsche CEO said that a whopping 91 percent of its US buyers used iPhones, which was a fair enough reason to not include Android Auto on its cars. But now, the German automaker has announced that it’ll be adopting Android Auto for the first time in new cars, starting with the 2020 Porsche 911.
While Android Auto is being introduced on new cars starting with 2022 Porsche models, the company also announced its pricing options and a big tech upgrade. This includes upgrades to the car’s comfort and communication systems as well. The next year’s Porsche models will reportedly bring the new “Porsche Communication Management” infotainment system with a 10.9-inch display. Along with the Apple CarPlay, this will also offer the support for Android Auto and bring “Hey Porsche” voice control.
Android Auto in 2022 Porsche 911
While Porsche is now adding support for Android Auto in its 2022 Porsche models, it is also doing several changes to the car’s infotainment system. The new “Porsche Communication Management” infotainment system package will include Porsche Connect that will bring several features like the “Hey Porsche” hotword for voice commands, direct Apple Music integration, and improved navigation.
Further, the company has said that its updated system will extend the trial period for connected services three years. This is currently limited to one year only. However, after the initial trial, users will need to subscribe to these services. The existing wireless and wired Apple CarPlay will continue to be included, however, there’s no word on whether Android Auto will also get the same treatment or not.
Coming to the pricing of Android Auto-capable Porsche cars, the base 911 Carrera model starts at $101,200. The GT3 model is priced at $161,100 and the top-end Turbo S Cabriolet will cost you $219,800.