Samsung has a test run of its new Drive Link app on the quad-core Galaxy S III
, and will make it available to other handsets in its lineup, provided they are running at least Android ICS.
In 21 countries you can now head over to Samsung Apps on your SGSIII and get Driver Link - these include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.
Besides the usual for a car app huge buttons for quick access to your music collection or navigation software on the phone, there are shortcuts to the TuneIn internet radio service, and getting to your contact list to dial is made a snap. Text-to-speech mode is also activated when you fire up Drive Link, so all incoming texts, emails or social networking updates, are read aloud to you through the car's speaker system. At the other times, Drive Link is showing the time&date, local weather, and your upcoming S Calendar appointments, and if they include an address, you can set it as next destination with one tap.
The connection with your car's infotainment gear is done via the industry standard MirrorLink where GM, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, Daimler, and Hyundai are onboard. Head units that respond to DriveLink for now are e JVC’s KW-NSX11, Alpine’s ICS-X8, and Sony’s XAV-701BT, XAV-741 and XAV-601BT.2, and more will be added.