car entertainment

Hyundai, Kia to put out Android-based smart cars soon

Automobile makers Hyundai and Kia are trying to lay claim to the title of being the world's first automakers to include an Android-based navigation system in its upcoming and future models very soon. Although it sounds quite ambitious and somewhat vague, if all goes according to their plans, we might be seeing such cars by the end of the year.

Android powers new Volvo infotainment system

Neonode and automaker Volvo have announced that they have teamed up for a next-generation high-performance in-vehicle infotainment system. The infotainment system is called the Sensus Connected Touch. Perhaps the most interesting part of the infotainment system is that it uses a seven-inch touch panel that runs the Android operating system.

Hyundai NFC concept car replaces our keys with smartphones

This week the ever so popular car manufacturer Hyundai is showing off a brand new type of NFC capability. Something surely we've all thought about before. Wouldn't it be nice to unlock and start our cars all with our smartphone? Leave those bulky keys and keyless entry add-ons at home. This new smart car uses NFC tags to do just that.

Nexus 7 becomes in-dash entertainment system [Video]

What you are about to see is quite possibly the most amazing in-dash entertainment system I've ever seen. Double din stereos for cars or trucks are nice, but none have the amazing finishing touches of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The popular online electronics reseller Sonic Electronix has just posted an epic video of one of their installers making a custom Nexus 7 stereo system. What's even better is the tablet can leave the vehicle too.

CA-Fi 621000 Universal in-car Android infotainment system unveiled

Over the last few years, there have been several in-car infotainment systems that have hit the market running the Android operating system. CA-Fi offered a system in the fall of 2011 called the Ca-Fi 620800 Universal. The system had a few caveats, namely it used a resistive touchscreen that required hard presses or stylus to operate.

Lynx receiver brings you Sirius XM by way of Android

One of the wonderful things about Android is that its open-source nature allows it to be put to all sorts of uses. Already it powers phones, tablets, e-readers, netbooks, at least a couple of actual robots, and we've got one unconfirmed report of a toaster. While there's already a few in-dash car stereos running Android, Sirius XM's upcoming Lynx receiver should allow you to add some Google-flavored tunes to your car without a major installation. Best Buy let the unannounced satellite radio receiver slip on its website last weekend.

My BMW remote control app coming to Android

Beamer-owning iPhone users have been able to play with all the nifty remote gadgets and tracking of the My BMW app for a little over a month now. Today news breaks that the app is on its way to the Android Market, so that you could - just as an example - unlock your $150,000 760Li with your HTC Hero. You know, if you wanted to. Right now the app is slated for an "Autumn" release.

Sony In-Dash Car Stereo syncs to Pandora, Comes with Android Support

After years of waiting it appears Sony will finally be launching a full line of in-dash car audio receivers that will sync with all of our favorite Android devices. Sony and Pandora Radio have partnered up to bring car stereos with Pandora Internet Radio support to Android, iOS, and even those Blackberry phones. While playing music from our favorite devices might be nothing new to in-car stereo's doing it all wireless and with Pandora is -- sort of.
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