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LG is the first smartphone manufacturer to jump on the Android Auto bandwagon

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LG is the first smartphone manufacturer to jump on the Android Auto bandwagon
Google's own in-car operating system, Android Auto, will finally bridge the gap between your Android smartphone and your beloved vehicle to some extent. Said system is being developed by the Open Automotive Alliance and it seems that LG is the first major smartphone manufacturer to join the OAA group. The company from the Far East joins the likes of Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai, NVIDIA, and Google, of course. The search giant, on the other hand, is partnering with a plethora of car manufacturers.

This means that some future LG smartphones might be among the first to add support for Android Auto out of the box. The company shed some light on some of its own connected-car solutions, most of which where showcased at Google I/O 2014. One of these is LG's audio, visual, and navigation system (AVN) – it allows drivers to pair their devices with their cars and make full use of Android Auto by simply plugging the smartphone straight to the dashboard via a regular USB cable. LG's AVN is expected to arrive by the beginning of 2015, probably along with the first vehicles that support Android Auto.

“As a top technology company with a strong mobile business, LG has a great deal to contribute to the connected car space,” revealed Jong-rak Lim, VP of LG's In-vehicle Infotainment Development. “LG will strive to strengthen its cooperation with OAA partners to bring connected vehicles to consumers sooner rather than later.”

Google has not yet revealed what other smartphone manufacturers will support Android Auto initially, but with LG joining the party, it wouldn't be a bolt out of the blue if the likes of Samsung and HTC follow pretty soon.

source: LG via The Verge
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posted on 03 Jul 2014, 02:47 1

1. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Why using usb cable?

Why not NFC+Bluetooth+Qi
NFC for pairing
Bluetooth for data transfer
Qi for charging

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 18:07 1

8. sprockkets (Posts: 1316; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


What you see on screen is generated by the phone, not the head unit. I don't think BT is going to handle audio + screen info.

They also might have done that to make sure you put the phone down and use only the screen.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 05:31 1

2. rallyguy (Posts: 572; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I'm trying to remember. I don't believe they used a cable at Google IO

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 08:09

4. Sonar (Posts: 8; Member since: 01 Jul 2014)


Yes they did.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 05:37 1

3. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I want nexus 6 news. Also I want to know whos making it this time.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 12:01

5. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 863; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


They need a system that works with (and takes advantage of) all smartphone OS's (BB/WP/AND/iOS). That will be the solution to all these incompatibility issues.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 12:24

6. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


The problem is who's gonna follow who?

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 18:01

7. sprockkets (Posts: 1316; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Volvo has already stated that their head unit will work with ios or android's setup.

Does MS even have anything at this point? Can't remember, I think they did.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 18:09

9. sprockkets (Posts: 1316; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Actually MS does have something but it's not ready yet. Too bad for them.

Mirrorlink is probably cross platform but it will have to deal with the back end. It probably will be DOA.

http://www.techhive.com/article/2102540/a-volkswagen-golf-tdi-can-mind-meld-with-your-phone-thanks-to-mirrorlink.html

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