Update for old Maruti SmartPlay systems introduces Android Auto

Maruti Ciaz, Maruti Ertiga, Maruti S-Cross, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Maruti Baleno with Smartplay system now can get Android Auto.

According to Team-BHP, Maruti Suzuki has issued a software update for its Smartplay infotainment system, which introduces Android Auto to older models that have the Smartplay system equipped.

While the new Dzire and Ignis had Android Auto from launch, Smartplay-equipped variants of the Maruti Ciaz, Maruti Ertiga, Maruti S-Cross, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Maruti Baleno only had Apple CarPlay in newer versions.

At 2.5 GB, the update can be installed at your nearest Maruti service centre, if you have any one of the cars listed above with the SmartPlay system. Also new is the navigation software with updated maps.

Given that a majority of the smartphone market accounts for Android-powered phones, it is a welcome move by Maruti to equip Android Auto for older systems. It syncs your Android device to the system via a USB connection and displays a simplified vanilla UI on the 7-inch touchscreen system with Google Maps, Play Music, Contacts and Google Now Widgets.

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Maruti is the only manufacturer to make Android Auto as a free upgrade for old SmartPlay systems. It remains to be seen if Hyundai will offer a similar update for the older units of the Hyundai Creta, Hyundai Verna and Hyundai i20.