Google introduces Android Auto

As we live in an increasingly connected world, it was only natural for automobiles to become part of the experience. It was similarly inevitable that Google would want a piece of that action, and today it introduced Android Auto at its developer conference, with the goal of creating a seamless experience between your mobile device and your car infotainment system.  

The new Android Auto experience will sync Android devices with compatible vehicles. Simply connect your Android device to the vehicle and the compatible infotainment system will take care of the rest. The associated Android device will become the brain of the system providing the ability to text, listen to music, use Google Maps, and more. 

Google Maps for Android Auto will be more powerful than its handset counterpart thanks to an enhanced interactive voice experience. This will allow users to interact with Google Maps without taking their hands off the wheel or their eyes off the road. In order to make driving safer, Android Auto will read incoming texts aloud and will also give the driver the ability to use voice commands to respond or send new texts.

Google will make an Android Auto SDK available to developers so they can create applications for use in vehicles. The platform is being supported by a handful of developers like Spotify, TuneIn, Pandora, and more. 

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With over 40 partners and 25 car-makers signed up, Android Auto will have wide support from many in the auto industry. While Google did not announce which vehicles, they did state that some vehicles will include support for the software by the end of this year. 

Source : Google I/O | Image via Google

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It's difficult to harm or even kill someone with a mobile phone. So we tolerate Google excessively lax approach to malware in Android. But if you put this same poorly-designed, fatally flawed software into a one-ton killing machine I get concerned.

I prefer Microsoft's solution where your OS is broadcast into the car by the phone, so you can run whatever software your phone supports.

I can't reasonably buy anything made after the 90s, anyway. I used to be a little antsy about it. Now? Thank dog for that!

It is nothing that Entune (or probably even Sync) can do right now. Granted, your phone must be fully compatible to utilize all of its features.

RommelS said,
It is nothing that Entune (or probably even Sync) can do right now. Granted, your phone must be fully compatible to utilize all of its features.

Depends, Toyota Entune seems to work with both android, windows phone, and idevices using standard Bluetooth protocols. that being said there enhancements to the software so it works better on certain devices. Core functionality seems flawless.

well I have Entune, but I can only use phone, music, and reading text and responding to text, thanks in part of Windows Phone takes over when a text comes in. Basically, at that point, I am communicating with Cortana. ;)

As for Entune internet connection, WP is pretty much useless - Entune App must be installed - which is missing from the marketplace; probably due to a particular BT protocol that WP doesn't have. Entune's website itself has a list of compatible devices, and not all Android phone can support its feature. I think this is where AndroidAuto will shine.

The voice feature is something you don't realize how much you like until you actually use it. I have an app that does this and when my phone is connected to my car stereo or earpiece, it reads SMS, email, calendar etc to me, nice to have it be a native feature. Curious about the connections.

Hahaiah said,
The voice feature is something you don't realize how much you like until you actually use it.

That would only work for English. For rest Google has poor dictionaries and total lack of morphological logic. Search does support it. But not Google Keyboard and Voice. Dictionaries poor, limited to basic set of words and basic form. So it's impossible to use it for texting. Just for basic commands.

Oh man, I hope Google has a few radios of their own (similar to the Nexus line) which you can buy and install into a car - I would get this immediately!!!

This is huge for google, another punch for Microsoft. after all these years, and having experience with sync technologies they could not bring in-car experience at this large scale

Melfster said,
What if you don't want android anywhere near your car.

Rightly said, as soon you may find news of exploit striking fear into all by showing how hackers can remotely take control of your vehicle :D

Or roll down the window in a child winter day and you can't do anything about it :p or perhaps force you to listen credence :evil:

panacea said,
I wonder how far and wide will this be adopted...

I just hope it's cross-platform. Nothing worse than buying a car that doesn't support your phone... except perhaps getting run over by it.

panacea said,
I wonder how far and wide will this be adopted...


... And I wonder if car manufacturers are choosing Android so that people have to buy a new car every year in order to continue to receive security updates, like they have to do on the smartphone market.

more seriously, if the same update policy is used on this "new" market, just imagine yourself with your 4 years old car running android 1.5.

link8506 said,


... And I wonder if car manufacturers are choosing Android so that people have to buy a new car every year in order to continue to receive security updates, like they have to do on the smartphone market.

more seriously, if the same update policy is used on this "new" market, just imagine yourself with your 4 years old car running android 1.5.

The car platform is agnostic from the phone's OS version.

link8506 said,


... And I wonder if car manufacturers are choosing Android so that people have to buy a new car every year in order to continue to receive security updates, like they have to do on the smartphone market.

You mean kinda like how OEM's continue to sell PC's with Windows for the same reasons?

recursive said,

You mean kinda like how OEM's continue to sell PC's with Windows for the same reasons?

OEMs continue to sell PCs with Windows so that people have to buy a new PC every year in order to continue to receive security updates?

Tell that to the people that used XP for 14 years. Not only does Microsoft support their software for incredibly long periods of time, they also allow you to update your OS without having to buy a new computer. With a car, you usually have to buy a new car (computer) to get the latest OS. You're not likely to get updates of any kind, even security.