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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17 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Really excited for this. You can read more info about it here: https://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Baaaaaiiiit!!!

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Nice spamming broski :)

4. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

is that a joke?.....

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

5. seanjohnusa91

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 01, 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.

6. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Where the hell is Toyota?

7. Busyboy unregistered

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

8. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 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.

9. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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

13. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

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

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This isn't apple, honestly.

10. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 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.

11. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

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

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

16. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 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.

17. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 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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