Mazda Australia has confirmed that it will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support across its model range by the end of the year, according to CarAdvice.

“We will start rolling this technology out on other new Mazda models (aside from the BT-50) before the end of the year,” said Alastair Doak, marketing director at Mazda Australia. There’s also good news for existing customers too, as an upgrade kit will be made available by the end of the year.

The company didn’t state how much the retrofit would cost, but said it involves both hardware and software revisions performed by the dealer. It also claims that the process will be seamless for customers, and that the system won’t differ much in terms of appearance and performance.

“Mazda Australia will offer, by year’s end, an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto upgrade kit, which will work seamlessly with the MZD Connect system. It will be available for all customers with an MZD Connect system that first went on sale with the Mazda 3 in early 2014,” said Doak.

It remains to be seen if Mazda Malaysia will look to follow in Mazda Australia’s footsteps, but for now, how important is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support to you?