Microsoft Teams is finally making its way to Android Auto after nearly a year since its announcement at Google I/O 2023, according to a Microsoft 365 roadmap outlining upcoming releases. This anticipated service is scheduled to launch in February.
While the announcement has brought a hint of excitement among users, details about the functionality of Team on Android Auto are still limited. Microsoft has disclosed that users will be able to ‘join meetings and make calls’ directly from the calendar view. However, there is no information yet on whether the app will integrate with messaging services or offer other Teams-specific features like file and data collaboration. As driving is an activity that requires focus, users will have to wait and observe how the app balances productivity with safety.
This delay in Teams; integration with Android Auto has not been officially explained by either Microsoft or Google. Google during, I/O 2023, also announced Android Auto integration for Zoom and Webex, both of which were launched on the platform in September 2023. The Android Auto platform has also seen recent additions, including apps by the Weather Channel and YouTube, as well as games for passenger entertainment.
Android Auto’s compatibility with Microsoft Teams is seen as a valuable addition, as currently it has been integrated with 200 million cars. This particular update has come at a time when Android Automotive, which is a full-fledged infotainment operating system is gaining popularity. Big car brands like Chevrolet, Volvo, Polestar, Honda, Renault, and GM are already opting for Google’s system over their infotainment setups.
The tech industry eagerly anticipates the Teams integration on Android Auto and how it will further redefine users' experience in automobiles. The move is seen as a step towards providing users with seamless connectivity and productivity options.