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Car Mode for Galaxy makes it much easier for you to use your Galaxy handset in the car

Smartphones weren’t really a focus in Samsung’s keynote today at the IFA 2015 consumer electronics show in Berlin but the company did make an interesting announcement. It’s called Car Mode for Galaxy and the feature makes it much easy to access core features off the phone that are essential while driving without having to actively interact with the device. This way drivers get the features that they need the most and don’t run the risk of being distracted on the road by having to look at their phone constantly.

Car Mode for Galaxy is actually quite similar to in-dash products from Google and Apple called Android Auto and CarPlay respectively. They come up on the car’s in-dash screen when a compatible device is connected and offer features like messages, navigation and music in an easy to use interface with minimal distraction. That’s more or less how Car Mode for Galaxy works, it provides access to music and navigation with large brightly colored buttons for easy navigation, users can interact with the system through the in-dash screen, steering wheel controls or simply through S Voice.

It’s not as feature-rich as Android Auto and there’s no open app store but at least Car Mode for Galaxy doesn’t require you to buy a new car to get a new expensive radio just to use the software feature. It works with Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones in any car that has an in-dash system with MirrorLink support, it can also run as a standalone app in cars that don’t have MirrorLink. Car Mode for Galaxy will be rolled out as an app for Samsung handsets starting tomorrow.

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webergti
webergti

Samsung mirror link is a pain can not connect to new aftermarket devices the best way is an aftermarket radio the support MHL but Samsung drop support for MHL on latest flagships and Samsung car mode app is horrific and only limit to Samsung own apps

Wilksie
Wilksie

I had this problem.

Mirrorlink issues are with the aftermarket head units as 90% use the old version of Mirrorlink and refuse to be updated. All new phones over the last year use the new Mirrorlink 1.1 which isn’t backwards compatible.

After dropping MHL on the S6 edge I used my Netgear PTV to send the wireless screen sharing to my AppRadio.

It works great. Same the head units don’t have wireless Miracast built in.

iHeartBretski
iHeartBretski

S-Voice kind of kills it. They either need to majorly improve that product or just use Google Now

porramachine
porramachine

Probably will only work on the latest headunits, can’t see it being compatible with the older headunits. My Galaxy S3 worked perfectly with an Alpine ICS-X8. Unfortunately since upgrading to an S5 and lollipop, Samsung car mode does not work

Wilksie
Wilksie

I have the Pioneer SPH DA-110 and since phone manufacturers moved to Mirrorlink 1.1 it killed the old head units. I’m on an S6 edge now and just own an expensive radio. Pioneer refuse to update to the latest version of Mirrorlink in consumer models and say buy a new radio even though they updated the Peugeots to Mirrorlink 1.1 The unit is less than a year old. Can’t believe the the two Mirrorlink standards aren’t compatible. Nobody ever states what version of Mirrorlink is in their products. It’s just a sham. I prefer the DriveLink app to Samsung’s offering… Read more »

BingoSeasons
BingoSeasons

Nice job, Samsung. Does it gonna be supported for Samsung Galaxy A5?