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Android Auto Coming to Lexus Vehicles This Year?

Lexus Android Auto

Toyota is bringing Android Auto compatibility to select 2020 model year vehicles, opening the door for similar functionality in the Lexus lineup.

The announcement accompanied the debut of the updated Tacoma pickup at the Chicago Auto Show, where it was revealed that the Toyota truck/SUV lineup would all receive Android Auto as part of an improved infotainment system.

Toyota has long resisted the inclusion of Android Auto, citing safety and privacy concerns with the Google mobile operating system. These fears appear to been resolved.

Even so, Lexus has yet to commit to Android Auto — from Digital Trends:

There’s no word yet on whether Lexus, Toyota’s luxury division, will offer Android Auto compatibility as well. Chad Deschenes, a product trainer at the Lexus College, told Digital Trends the company is open to making the software available sooner or later but has no firm plans to do so. The company knows it’s a feature in hot demand, but Deschenes pointed out that a full 80 percent of Lexus owners own an Apple-powered device.

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oh, europe too... awesome, thanks for the news!
krew

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Yes finally! I love Sony Xperias I could never switch to Apple.
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Finally, Lexus is years behind in this regard.
Finally

and honestly if only 20% from Lexus customer uses android, it means I know them all

Because I don't know any iphone users around me except my wife!
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Working as a sales rep in a Lexus dealer, i can assure you that way more than 20% of customer are using an Android phone. And nowadays, the technology is so important to the business class (our targeted customers) i truly believe that having Android auto to the Lexus lineup would bring new customers and that 20% would be more like 40%.
According to my inside source there will be only one 2020 Lexus model with Android Auto.
And yes, when I worked at a Lexus dealership, Android phone use by customers and employees was MUCH higher than 20%
I'm ditching Lexus at this point because of lacking Android Auto (or their funky infotainment system). I have signed up for the Audi monthly subscriptions($1385 per month to swap 5 models from Audi). I have already driven S5 Q5 and Q7. The system is miles better in my personal opinion. It at least display foreign characters correctly.
yiantony
I'm ditching Lexus at this point because of lacking Android Auto (or their funky infotainment system). I have signed up for the Audi monthly subscriptions($1385 per month to swap 5 models from Audi). I have already driven S5 Q5 and Q7. The system is miles better in my personal opinion. It at least display foreign characters correctly.
Kinto service...
flexus
Kinto service...
Yeah similar things, but that one is much more expensive.
Enthusiast88
According to my inside source there will be only one 2020 Lexus model with Android Auto.
And yes, when I worked at a Lexus dealership, Android phone use by customers and employees was MUCH higher than 20%
we will know as soon as they introduce first model... but these Toyota models all use Entune 3.0, so i dont see why they wont be rolling out super fast to newer Toyota's, and then also like Car Play roll out to all Lexus models with newer multimedia, that already have Car Play.

Only thing that I would not be sure is Europe, because they have completely different policies there, but since Yaris is getting it, then all other TMC models might be getting it soon enough.
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Except "RX" does not have Enform App Suite 2.0, so I would give that statement a quick edit and omit RX. :)
Whatever happened I will always love my GSF
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Damn shame it's not possible to retrofit by upload on my 2018 LC, that's not the way to handle customer satisfaction, specially for a car in this price range...

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