Apple doesn’t make a whole lot of apps for Android like Microsoft does but it has made an exception for Apple Music, its subscription-based music streaming service. The service used to be Beats Music which was later rebranded as Apple Music after Apple acquired the company a few years ago. Apple has kept the app’s reach limited on the rival platform but it’s finally opening it up a bit more with support for Android Auto.
Android Auto is the extension of Google’s platform in the car. It rivals Apple’s CarPlay. Both allow apps to power an entirely different experience in the car that’s focused on minimizing the driver’s distraction while keeping core functionality front and center.
Apple has added support for Android Auto in the latest beta version of Apple Music for Android. It’s the first time that a native in-car interface will be available to users who don’t have an iPhone.
The Android Auto interface obviously won’t provide access to a whole lot of features but at least it would be easier for users to control playback while they’re on the road. It would be safer than having them reach for their phone while they’re behind the wheel.
It remains to be seen, though, if Apple will continue to add support for more features to the Android Auto interface of its music streaming service.