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

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.

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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