2018 Kia Rio Apps and Smartphone Compatibility
When most of us were just learning to drive, entertainment while driving meant finding a new radio station, switching a CD or using a cassette tape adapter to play a bulky iPod through the car speakers. It was a darker time. Similarly, navigation meant either stopping and checking a map or printing off directions from MapQuest. If routes had changed, or roads were closed, we were out of luck!
(Someday, they’ll excavate billions of tons of paper with MapQuest directions printed on it)
These days, entertainment means having every song ever recorded, podcasts on every subject imaginable and internet radio from all over the world available through your smartphone. Similarly, navigation is instantly updated, finds you the route that is best tuned for your preferences and even has a social element – allowing other drivers to warn you about road hazards.
Like Bruce Springsteen said: “These are better days.”
The 2018 Kia Rio is also proof of the better car days in which we’re living. Back when we were learning to drive compact cars and subcompact cars were devoid of everything, except the base components it takes to keep a car moving. They were too small, had zero active or passive safety features and, to be frank, the most forgettable cars ever made (just try and imagine an early-2000s Camry).
One of the main selling points for the Kia Rio is its unwillingness to compromise either design or technology. These are cars that are built to be efficient and agile urban athletes without detracting from their ability to give you a fun drive out of town on the weekends. Let’s look at the technology on the 2018 Kia Rio.
Depending on the trim level and package purchased, the 2018 Kia Rio gives drivers either a 5” Display Audio touchscreen media controller (standard on LX and S models) or a 7” UVO touchscreen media controller (standard on EX). Both are full color and allow access to AUX input, iPod/iPhone media, Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio and SiriusXM® satellite radio.
UVO, however, includes added multimedia functionality. The biggest way that UVO enhances your driving is with its standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
What Do Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Do?
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are premium infotainment features that allow you to mirror, or project, your phone’s operating system into your Rio’s infotainment system. What this allows you to do is enjoy the apps, data and interface from either your iPhone or Android phone on your Kia UVO infotainment system.
[READ MORE: Does Kia UVO Have Remote Start?]
The benefit is that rather than having to separate your apps between your car and your phone, everything carries over! You’ll be able to enjoy iPhone and Android apps like Maps, Messages, Podcasts, Audible Audio Books and more using the touchscreen in your Kia Rio and the controls for it.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto keep your focus on the road and not your phone. Best of all, because they work through USB, your phone will be charging the entire time it’s connected to your Kia Rio. Here are some of the apps you’ll be able to use in your 2018 Kia Rio with UVO through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto:
Apps Compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Amazon Music
- Google Play Music
- Radio Disney
- SiriusXM® Radio
Apple CarPlay Compatible Apps
- Messages (uses voice)
- Apple Music
- Apple Audiobooks
Android Auto Compatible Apps
- Google Maps
- Facebook Messenger
- YouTube Music
- Google Hangouts
More apps are available now and are being made available every day for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both innovative platforms allow you to take advantage of your smartphone’s user interface and get the most out of your entertainment and navigation experiences.
For more information about Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Kia models that feature UVO or to schedule a test drive with the stylish and spirited 2018 Kia Rio, contact us today!