Android Auto coming to the Prius Prime ?

Discussion in 'Prime Audio, Electronics, and Infotainment' started by GKL, Feb 19, 2020.

  1. GKL

    GKL Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2019
    451
    227
    3
    Location:
    South Carolina
    Vehicle:
    2020 Prius Prime
    Model:
    XLE
    This first link at -

    Five Things to Know About the 2020 Toyota Prius - The Car Guide

    includes about 1/3 the way down the page:

    "More connectivity options, including Android Auto, should be added at a later date"

    and this link:

    2020 Toyota Prius in Santa Rosa, CA

    seems to show a regular Prius already having "Android Auto" as about 1/3 down the page it says:

    New, standard Android Auto
    It’s easy to sync your Android smartphone with the hatchback’s infotainment system using Android Auto. Within seconds of setup, you can access all your phone’s text messages, contacts, music and more from the hatchback’s infotainment system.

    ......so you would think if a regular Prius can have Android Auto then why not the Prius Prime ?

    Has anyone else seen things to indicate that the Prius Prime will eventually be updated to include Android Auto ?
     
  2. Mark57

    Mark57 2021 Tesla Model 3 LR AWD

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2009
    2,878
    2,573
    0
    Location:
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Vehicle:
    Other Electric Vehicle
    Model:
    N/A
    That looks like a deliberate misrepresentation. The features they are careful to list are what the car already allowed you to do without having Android Auto. Seems like they're trying to sucker in people that only know the name Android Auto and not the range of features it provides.

    Looks and smells dishonest to me.
     
  3. Salamander_King

    Salamander_King Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2015
    6,883
    5,452
    0
    Location:
    New England
    Vehicle:
    2020 Prius Prime
    Model:
    LE
    Just wondering are the head units (either 11.6" display one or 7" display one) from pre-2019 PRIME different from 2020 PRIME which has the ability to connect Apple CarPlay. Is there any hardware difference, or is it all software?
     
  4. GKL

    GKL Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2019
    451
    227
    3
    Location:
    South Carolina
    Vehicle:
    2020 Prius Prime
    Model:
    XLE
    I tried emailing them for further clarification but have not heard back. Another paragraph I hadn't focused on the first time I read that page did say the 2020 Prius had a 7" screen, here is the quote from that paragraph "Toyota Safety Connect, a larger 7-inch central display and Android Auto are all new additions to the Prius for 2020." (end quote) So since they say Android Auto is a "new" addition for 2020 makes it sound like it should be legit.

    Another paragraph on that page included ""Toyota Safety Connect, a larger 7-inch central display and Android Auto are all new additions to the Prius for 2020." (end quote) so I guess none of the regular Prius (non-Prime) have an 11.6" screen.

    The first link in my post was referring to the Prime when it said "More connectivity options, including Android Auto, should be added at a later date" so that gives me hope it is a possibility as an update for the Prime at some point.
     
    Mark57 likes this.
  5. Salamander_King

    Salamander_King Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2015
    6,883
    5,452
    0
    Location:
    New England
    Vehicle:
    2020 Prius Prime
    Model:
    LE
    11.6" display has been available in regular Prius (non-Prime) since 2018. AFAIK, up to 2019 models, the head units are the same. My question is whether the 2020 model head units which are compatible with CarPlay are different from earlier models' hardware or the difference is only in software.

    My thinking is that if the differences are in the hardware, I doubt there will be any retrofitting upgrade by Toyota. If it is strictly a software issue, then I can see there may be an update to a new feature (i.e. Android Auto) in later days.

    Here is a brochure of 2020 Prius (non-PRIME). You will find the 11.6" display in it.
    https://www.toyota.com/content/ebrochure/2018/prius_ebrochure.pdf
     
    #5 Salamander_King, Feb 20, 2020
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2020
  6. GKL

    GKL Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2019
    451
    227
    3
    Location:
    South Carolina
    Vehicle:
    2020 Prius Prime
    Model:
    XLE
    Thanks for the info, I'm still a relative noob at Prius cars (still waiting on delivery of our first Prime) so I'm trying to get more nd more educated before our Prime gets here :D

    There were other web pages I saw in the past that seemed to indicate the Prime being eventually updated to add Android Auto was likely so that would seem to indicate it might simply be software upgradeable.
     
  7. Nuclear_Charged

    Nuclear_Charged New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2019
    20
    14
    0
    Location:
    Ontario
    Vehicle:
    2020 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Upgrade
    heres hoping. i dont want to use/own an apple product
     
    snarfo67 and Salamander_King like this.
  8. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    89,795
    40,255
    0
    Location:
    boston
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    incoming!:eek::cool:
     
  9. GKL

    GKL Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2019
    451
    227
    3
    Location:
    South Carolina
    Vehicle:
    2020 Prius Prime
    Model:
    XLE
    …...hey, nothing personal against iPhone users, it's just that there are more Android users than iPhone users so it would make sense for Toyota to also make Android Auto available on the Prime, not to mention how costly a new iPhone can be compared to a new Android phone :rolleyes::D
     
    snarfo67 and bisco like this.
  10. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    89,795
    40,255
    0
    Location:
    boston
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    no prolemo, just waiting for the flame wars :)
     
  11. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    41,467
    13,011
    41
    Location:
    Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Technology
    I’d trust Toyota.com and it still only says Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. No mention of AndroidAuto.
     
  12. GKL

    GKL Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2019
    451
    227
    3
    Location:
    South Carolina
    Vehicle:
    2020 Prius Prime
    Model:
    XLE
    As far as the Prius Prime hopefully being updated to add it in the future I don't think the official Toyota site would make an official announcement on that way in advance, likely might not say anything until they are actually ready to do the updates.
     
  13. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    41,467
    13,011
    41
    Location:
    Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Technology
    For news, you’ll have to visit the newsroom.
     
  14. GKL

    GKL Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2019
    451
    227
    3
    Location:
    South Carolina
    Vehicle:
    2020 Prius Prime
    Model:
    XLE
    Thanks, I need to save a link to that so I remember to check it occasionally.
     
  15. Prodigyplace

    Prodigyplace Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2016
    11,370
    10,960
    0
    Location:
    Central Virginia
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius
    Model:
    Two
    The Toyota 2020 Prius Brochure agrees with you.It has Alexa and Apple CarPlay but not Android Auto.
     
    Mark57 likes this.
  16. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    41,467
    13,011
    41
    Location:
    Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Technology
    Toyota USA Newsroom
     
    GKL likes this.
  17. GKL

    GKL Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2019
    451
    227
    3
    Location:
    South Carolina
    Vehicle:
    2020 Prius Prime
    Model:
    XLE
  18. mistermojorizin

    mistermojorizin Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2019
    277
    127
    0
    Location:
    usa
    Vehicle:
    2019 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    GKL likes this.
  19. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    41,467
    13,011
    41
    Location:
    Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Technology
    Note that different countries have different head units (even if they're the same size) because they have different software uploaded to them.

    That said, the 11.6" screen is unique to the Prime (well I have suspicions that it's also used in the Subaru Outback) but the 7" is used across other Toyota vehicles. Since it's a standard size, they can produce a 7" version with Entune 3.0 installed.
     
    GKL likes this.
  20. mistermojorizin

    mistermojorizin Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2019
    277
    127
    0
    Location:
    usa
    Vehicle:
    2019 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    I thought it was on a lot of gen4's TOYOTA PRIUS | Big Island Toyota Hilo

    so you think it is different hardware? i've been trying to find a source
     
    Prodigyplace likes this.
Loading...