Android Auto

Hyundai’s 2015 Sonata is first car to have Android Auto

The first one out the road when it comes to the brand new Android Auto platform is Hyundai as they announced that their 2015 Sonata model will now come installed with the connectivity system. Fret not already existing Sonata owners that did not make it to this new feature. They will also be offering upgrades for your car to have this installed when you bring it to an authorized dealer. This will make your smartphone activities while driving less distracting and more focused on the actual driving.

Google to launch Brillo, another Android OS for the Internet of Things

Nothing is certain until the search giant makes an official announcement but Google is believed to be launching a new operating system under the Android brand. This new OS will be for the Internet of Things, a network of "things" embedded with software, electronics, sensors, and connectivity that allow data exchange with another connected device, operator, or the manufacturer with the aim of a greater value and service. It's a term that refers to anything that uses exchange of data to accomplish something with the use of existing technologies.

Android Auto messaging features helps you stay connected but focused

These car accessories and digital car modules have helped a lot of drivers stay connected, but it is still pretty much dangerous, as you can get easily distracted with other screens in front of you. But the recently-released Android Auto platform says that it can help users still stay focused while driving, while letting you still be connected to your messages, emails, and other important things you need to take care off while you're on your way somewhere.

HTC to offer possible car integration with HTC Cello

We’re reading a Reddit thread whose author has shown what looks to be a legit HTC Release Note showing that the Taiwan-based tech company could possibly be working on a device coded at this point as the “HTC Cello”. The big thing about it is that the device could be a strong competitor to Google’s very own Android Auto, with the Cello purportedly having more features than Android Auto has.

TuneIn Radio now available for Android Auto compatible vehicles

Android Auto is still a relatively new platform that Google is exploring, but their recent announcement that apps can now run on compatible cars that are synced with devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop is opening up some doors. One of the few apps that are immediately available for the platform and the compatible cars is TuneIn radio, one of the largest internet radio apps in the market. They are extremely excited to hit the road with the first few users of Android Auto.

Apps to connect with Android Auto using Lollipop devices

Android Auto is still a relatively new platform but smart cars have certainly a big potential. The platform now runs in some vehicles but with limited functions and features only. Not anyone can use their apps with Android Auto but Google has just announced some new developments. The Internet giant has recently allowed apps to run on Android Auto using their Android 5.0+ devices. This means you can take your apps for a drive on several aftermarket units and compatabible cars (but please, don't play games while driving).

Pioneer’s AVH-4100NEX Android Auto unit finally starts shipping

During CES 2015 earlier this year, we told you about some fantastic aftermarket car radio head units that featured the new Android Auto, including Panasonic’s NEX series. The problem was that nice as these units were, it being a relatively new technology meant that the pricing bordered on “crayzeee”. The new AVH-4100NEX is Pioneer’s cheapest Android Auto radio head, and it retails for a whopping USD$700.

CES 2015 Roundup: Android in full throttle

The dust of CES 2015 has finally settled down, so now we can take a more holistic overview of what went down at the world's largest consumer electronics event. Unsurprisingly, Android is at the center of many of the new, and some old, devices we've seen. But while wearables, particularly smartwatches are still somewhat of a hot topic, we're now seeing Android's growing presence outside of its usual form factors, in particular in cars and in TVs. Join us for Android Community's recap of CES 2015.

An exclusive look at Audi’s LG-made smartwatch

It's no longer news that the digital divide between mobile devices and cars are slowly thinning, and 2015 might be the year when the wall truly collapses. With endeavors like Google's Android Auto as well as Apple's CarPlay, we can expect more and more vehicles this year to integrate with our smartphones. But it isn't just smartphones either, as more and more car makers are adding support for smartwatches as well. Here at CES 2015, we take a closer look with Audi's smartwatch, a product of its collaboration with LG.
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