We use our smartphones constantly. Whether we’re looking for Pokemon or trying to find a mysterious burger joint with the help of GPS, it’s tough to deny that smartphones and tablets have become a huge part of our lives. In the past, many automakers opted to use their own infotainment systems in their touchscreen displays. When Apple and Google rolled out competing vehicle-based operating systems many automakers made the switch — this has led to many folks asking, “Does Mazda have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?”
After the full lineup of 2016 cars and SUVs has been released by Mazda, none have been outfitted with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. For those who are concerned about Mazda’s adoption of CarPlay and Android Auto, there is hope for the future. Mazda is listed — as well as their new long-term partner, Toyota — on the CarPlay website as a planned adopter of this technology.
A few months ago, Toyota and Ford came to an agreement to use open source technology called SmartDeviceLink for its in-dash systems. Ford and Fiat Chrysler have both announced that they’ll start to incorporate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the near future on 2017 models.
MAZDA CONNECT™: Mazda’s infotainment system
The MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system can be found in nearly every model in the 2016 lineup — the only exceptions being a few manual transmission base models. MAZDA CONNECT™ is able to use a variety of web-based applications and services, along with Bluetooth technology for drivers to play music, make and take calls, and more!
The MAZDA CONNECT™ system can be updated throughout the life of your vehicle with software updates, ensuring you’ll always have the latest software. We’ll wait and see when Mazda plans to adopt Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In the meantime, we can enjoy the easy-to-use Mazda