car entertainment

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.

Harman extends support for Android in vehicles

Harman is a big name in the electronics and audio world and has a lot of its hardware and tech inside cars. Harman has announced that it is extending support for the Android platform inside of vehicles by supporting the Android Open Accessory Protocol. This makes Harman the first major automotive tech partner to offer the new connectivity standard.

Motorola Roadster Review [In-Car Bluetooth Speakerphone]

Here we have a rather odd device that we're surprised wasn't brought to the market in earnest many moons ago. This is the Motorola Roadster (as it's called in the USA) Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone. This device works by itself if you're just interested in listening to the radio or connected to your Android device. Just think of all the possibilities you'll have in using your Android device in the car with absolutely no touches to activate all the love you've grown to need between stops.

Android Could be the Next Operating System of the Chevy Volt

As cars get smarter, there's no surprise that the Operating Systems powering them are going to get a lot more mainstream. No more just worrying about computer chips. No, as we get navigation units, and as OnStar gets smarter, we have to start looking at the things that power our every day items. Like our phones. And, as we can clearly see from the mobile phone market, Android is one of the strongest competitors to date. Apparently General Motors feels the same way, because reports are coming in that they're about to strike a deal with Google that would put Android in the Chevy Volt of the future.
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