A web browser for your car with Android Auto: this app makes it possible
Android Auto it has no official web browser and is not expectedWell, although Google opened a bit of a ban on the type of apps available, this category is still closed at the moment. However, unofficial apps again come to the rescue.
Android Auto’s limitations haven’t stopped developers from making apps to create these types of apps that Google doesn’t allow. There is to watch TNT, YouTube and also to have a web browser in the car in which you may open any web page at your own risk and expense.
Any website in Android Auto
Android Auto doesn’t have a web browser for the same reason there aren’t apps for watching YouTube or similar videos: for security. Now if you want to use this type of app with your parked car, you always have the option to use unofficial apps, which you won’t find on Google Play.
This is exactly the case with Automatic web view, an app that’s a few years old and was created by taking advantage of an unofficial Android Auto SDK that Google didn’t like very much. Neither the SDK nor the original WebViewAuto project is already available on GitHub, but the APK survives on this fork and you can download it from here. It takes up just over 3MB.
You will need to install the Web View Auto APK on your mobile and go to Android Auto options to enable developer options. Then in these options you have to activate Unknown sources. At this point you can connect your mobile to the car.
If everything went well, you will see the WebViewAuto icon among the apps ready to launch in Android Auto. When opening the application, the the browser will display the Duck Duck Go website, with a very rough interface with a top button bar.
The first button brings up the menu where you can go back or see favorite websites, the second activates the keyboard, the third is the delete key on the keyboard, followed by the accept button when entering a website and the equivalent of the Enter key.
Android Auto doesn’t have a keyboard for obvious reasons – instead most interaction with the system is done with voice commands – but dictating a website can be quite problematic. WebDisplayAuto includes its own keyboard superimposed on the screen. It’s a bit hard to look at, but functional.
The keyboard will be used both to write addresses and to add text in any other section of a website – for example, Google searches or website login. It’s a bit slow to write something long, but it will help you out of a difficult situation.
Even better, if tapping on the Android Auto screen bothers you, you can use WebViewAuto on mobile to write text. To do this, open the application, write what you want to write and press send text. Make sure beforehand, of course, that the text field you want to send it to is selected.
You can also use the app on your mobile to submit web address or configure the pages that are in the favorites, for faster access from the Android Auto interface.
WebViewAuto sometimes fails, but since it’s an application that it has not been updated for four yearsIt is surprising that it continues to work. It’s not the same as having Google Chrome on Android Auto, but it gets the job done.