The two systems bring a lot to the in-car entertainment arena, with both providing seamless connectivity and familiar smartphone menu screens that are simple to use on the move.
Android Auto is by far the prettier system, with Apple opting for pure functionality rather than stylistic flourishes. CarPlay replicates a very plain home screen on an iPhone, so users will be instantly familiar with the various app icons system as soon as they climb into the car, but it is nothing special.
Android Auto opts for a typically Google home screen, which not only looks nice, it also ports over any recent information from your smartphone and Google account.
For example, recently dialled numbers will display on a tile, favourite addresses will be shown in the navigation menu and meeting reminders will pop up on screen.
The current lack of apps for both systems is a little disappointing, while CarPlay seems to be the most mischievous in terms of crashing and bugs but these will likely be ironed out with updates.
But overall, Android Auto seems to offer the most for users. It's slick interface is not just easy on the eye, it's also majorly intuitive and a complete doddle to navigate while getting on with the business if driving.
Those used to Apple products will appreciate CarPlay's simple and familiar design but a lack of a home screen makes integration of diaries, reminders and daily tasks tricky. Plus, Google Voice seems to knock Siri for six in terms of conversational phrase recognition.
No wonder Apple glossed over it so quickly at the recent WWDC announce-o-fest.
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