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2015 Frankfurt Motor Show will see the launch of the new generation Opel Astra. The C-segment hatchback will offer new connectivity option, that Opel says it is first in class.
 
The Russelsheim-based manufacturer will begin offering phone integration featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across its model range, also on the 2016 Astra. Opel will roll-out Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in its mini, small, compact and midsize models during model year 2016.
 
Opel’s new generation IntelliLink infotainment concept gives owners a smart and simple way to access both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Each system builds off of the features smartphone users rely on most. Android Auto is built around Google Maps, Google Now and the ability to talk to Google, as well as a growing audio and messaging app ecosystem that includes WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, Spotify, and podcast players. 
 
Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone features and allows drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Apple CarPlay supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third party apps.
 
Using either application in a compatible Opel is simple. A “Projection” icon on the infotainment touch-screen is visible when a phone is not connected, then changes to indicate either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto (whichever is applicable) when a compatible phone is connected via USB. Android Auto requires a phone running Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or above, while Apple CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later.


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