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Android Auto is here: Google brings contextually-aware Android interface to your car's dashboard

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Android Auto is here: Google brings contextually-aware Android interface to your car's dashboard

Google just lifted the veil off of Android Auto - its in-car interface service, which has been developed by the Open Automotive Alliance (comprising of Google itself, Audi AG, General Motors Co., Honda Motor Co., Hyundai Motor Group and NVIDIA Corp.). The concept is pretty similar to Apple's CarPlay service, as it brings Android to your car. Well, not that your car will run Android out of the box, no. Android Auto runs on your smartphone and provides users with a simplified Android user interface straight on the dashboard of their cars. It allows them to access select features - navigation, communication, and listening to music.

Android Auto is completely voice-enabled (thanks to Google's Voice Search, that is) and is contextually-aware, which means that it brings "the right information right when you need it" straight on your car's dashboard. Simply tapping a button on your steering wheel enables Android Auto's voice search. Of course, users can also control Google's auto-centric service by pressing the touchscreen buttons on their dashboards, but that's a tad less cool (and potentially dangerous), isn't it? Speaking of navigation, Android Auto provides users with the full Google Maps experience, turn-by-turn navigation, and also gives personalized suggestions about possible destinations thanks to its awareness.

Users can also send text messages by tapping a button and verbally interacting with Android Auto, similar to the way one sends a message by using Google Now. Users can also access their Google Play Music playlists and curated music libraries. Speaking of music, Google has partnered with a pretty wide array of music-streaming services, most notably Songza, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and others.

It was also revealed that Google is now partnering with over 40 car manufacturers, which will support Android Auto. The first car with the service on board will be released "by the end of the year". Additionally, Android Auto's SDK will be available for developers later this year.


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posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:06

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1361; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Really excited for this. You can read more info about it here:

https://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:09 2

2. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1117; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Baaaaaiiiit!!!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:09 1

3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2652; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Nice spamming broski :)

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:10

4. Anshulonweb (Posts: 279; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


is that a joke?.....

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 18:15 2

15. AfterShock (Posts: 2106; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Except this one will be popular with the masses and actually used without f/c's and reboots, probably won't have to subscribe to apple either at highway robbery pricing later.

That is pretty kool dude.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:10

5. seanjohnusa91 (Posts: 30; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


This is interesting but I want to see the ability to update the software on current cars to allow the use also. No one is going to go out and buy a new car (or a new phone) just so they can get this feature.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:27 1

6. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Where the hell is Toyota?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:35 2

7. Busyboy (Posts: 147; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Damn...Google is slowly taking over the electronic world!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:41

8. NexusX (Posts: 86; Member since: 16 May 2013)


someone needs to do an anti-trust investigation because google's putting their label on everything. hiring all these tech's industry best engineers. buying all the startups with great ideas.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:47

9. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1650; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Ehh... Might wanna pull over, when GPS starts force closing on you...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:28 5

13. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 720; Member since: 29 May 2014)


with apple map, you can go to airport runway....

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 18:12

14. AfterShock (Posts: 2106; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


This isn't apple, honestly.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:51

10. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 413; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


Ferrari and Toyota are not found on their short list. Is it because they partnered with Apple in the beginning? Probably they'll provide dual-boot OS or optional systems. LOL. Well, Google is with Maserati which is under Ferrari so there might be possibilities.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:26

11. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 720; Member since: 29 May 2014)


the next time we buy car, it would be the OS war too... lol..

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:26 1

12. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6135; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Bout dawn time. I was hoping Toyota was on the list. After my 05' Toyota dies I'll be buying a Honda next.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 22:37

16. tatail (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


This is all great but how can they forget to mention that just like Apple's CarPlay this will also run on BlackBerry's QNX operating system?

I am very surprised that none of these companies actually are giving BlackBerry any credibility for using their OS.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 10:54

17. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 720; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Because nobody care about QNX?
Because QNX sound boring?
Because android auto support android and apple car play support iOS, and none of which talk about BB or QNX.

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