Six months after announcing that Android Auto will work completely on the phone, Google has finally rolled out the new feature in the v2.0 update starting today. This means that you no longer have to have a car with a compatible infotainment system – or shell out for a head unit upgrade – to use it.

As with Android Auto in the car, the phone version provides a simplified interface with bigger fonts and larger buttons, better suited for use on the road. This affords drivers easier access to Google Maps and music streaming services like Spotify, as well as make calls or send messages, all using Google’s voice activation. Android Auto also cuts down on notifications, minimising distraction while driving.

The update also enables the app to start up automatically when the phone is paired via Bluetooth, while a feature enabling users to access voice activation by simply saying “Ok Google” – negating the need to press the dedicated voice control button – will also be introduced in the coming weeks. Unfortunately, Waze support (also announced at the Google I/O conference in May) is still not included as yet.

Of course, Android Auto is still not officially available in Malaysia – for now, those wanting to use the app will need to side-load it via an external source (i.e. not from the Google Play Store).