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Google is bringing Android to the car with Android Auto

Google's answer to Apple CarPlay is here.

Jun 25 2014, 2:03pm CDT | by

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Google is bringing Android to the car with Android Auto

Yes you heard that right, Google is finally bringing Android to cars with its latest offering Android Auto. Google is targeting Apple’s CarPlay but with a twist. Android Auto is basically a voice-enabled software experience for the drivers.

Searching through endless grid of icons is a complete headache for a driver and Google is making it easier for you to just speak commands to Android Auto and gets things done in no time. Android Auto is contextually aware and knows where you are in the car, it also features Google Now cards and will automatically show information regarding your driving habits which are already known to Google and Google Now. This means it will offer you a route to your home along with estimated travel time when you are about to leave your office.

Android Auto runs on your android powered phone and mirrors its interface to touch screen of your vehicle’s dashboard. Once connected the user can then interact through touch screen or the voice commands. Additionally users will be able to reply to text messages and emails by using Google’s voice input and text-to-speech features.

Talking about the Google maps, they are being updated for the Android Auto and now the users will be able to ask about the nearest coffee shop and it will display the directions to the nearest coffee shop and that too hands free!

Google has unveiled the Android Auto SDK to the developers and 25 car manufacturers have already promised their support for the Android Auto including big names like Honda, Hyundai, Bentley and Audi.


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VIDEO: Google demonstrates Android Auto

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Source: BBC   Full article at: BBC Jun 26 2014, 6:05pm CDT


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Google introduces Android Auto

Source: Neowin

Google announced Android Auto, a new in-car platform that will sync directly with Android devices. Android Auto will partner with over 25 car companies, launching in some vehicles later this yea ...
Source: Neowin   Full article at: Neowin Jun 25 2014, 2:50pm CDT

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Google IO: Google revs up Android Auto, its full-featured CarPlay rival

Source: Tech Radar

Google didn't bring a car onstage during its Google IO keynote to introduce Android Auto, but it did bring part of a car - the dashboard, to be exact.Android Auto is the official name of the long-rumored Android platform for cars, and it looks like it's going to be a worthy competitor for Apple's CarPlay."We've redesigned the Android platform for automotive," Google Android Director of Engineering Patrick Brady said as he introduced the platform.And all wa ...
Source: Tech Radar  Full article at: Tech Radar Jun 25 2014, 12:27pm CDT

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