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Elon Musk says Android apps could come to Tesla cars

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Elon Musk says Android apps could come to Tesla cars
If you are a geek, but you don't have $60,000+ just sitting around somewhere, you probably wish you did so you could afford a Tesla (or, like us, you're waiting for the ~$30k Tesla that is expected in the next few years). Uber inventor Elon Musk's Tesla cars are a tech dream with tons of cool little features and one giant 17-inch tablet-like display as the center console. That 17-inch display runs Linux with custom software, but Elon Musk says that it could eventually run Android apps.

Musk was speaking to employees at a new Tesla service center in Munich recently, and just after calling hydrogen fuel cells in cars "bullshit", Musk went on to talk about upgrades that are planned for the Tesla center console. In responding to a question about when development will open up to third parties, Musk said that the console first needs localization for a number of regions, and a browser upgrade to Chrome. 

He then went on to say that once those things are done, app development could open up, and allow developers to port Android or iOS apps to the console. But, to make things even easier, the team is considering building a full Android emulator into the console, which should be pretty easy given that it already runs Linux. If that happens, users would be able to run windowed Android apps right on screen. 

We've set the video to start at the bit where Musk talks about Android and apps, but if you want the part about hydrogen fuel cells in cars being "bullshit" just rewind to about 29:00.


source: Wired

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posted on 23 Oct 2013, 09:46 4

1. ilxxxli (Posts: 8; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Nice, now i can play angry nerd on my car and crashing it everywhere

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 10:37

2. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


And Tesla is all set to burn individual investors --http://seekingalpha.com/article/1743942-is-tesla-about-to-burn-individual-investors

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 14:12

3. PK1983 (Posts: 182; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Bullshirt is thinking that once you buy that Tesla you would get free and charging for life.
Just wait until more of these are on the road and on top of the 30-60 minute charge time at a supercharger station, you have to wait behind multiple cars and have to pay for the juice.
Remember solar power is very inefficient, and no way Tesla will be shelling out $ to "fill up your tank". Elon will make his billions and then bail with his money while the company collapses like Solyndra or practically everything else subsidized by the US Govt.

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