Five carmakers announce Android Auto rollout plans for 2015

carmakers announce android auto rollout plans in a honda civic

Apple may have garnered plenty of press with its plans for an assault on car dashboards, but now Google is establishing a beachhead of its own.

At the company’s I/O developer conference, Audi, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, and Volvo announced their plans to launch Android Auto in upcoming models.

This is the first fruit of the Open Automotive Alliance, a coalition of Google, Nvidia, and the automakers begun to bring Android connectivity to the dashboard.

Making its public debut earlier today, Android Auto is essentially Google’s answer to Apple’s Carplay. Like Carplay, it’s designed to bridge the gap between smartphone and in-car infotainment system, giving users access to apps they would normally use while driving, but incorporating the car’s controls in a way designed to minimize distraction.

The system is powered by a driver’s smartphone, allowing them to “project” the same apps and functions onto a car’s infotainment system. Once a compatible phone is connected, Android Auto transfers the interface to the car. The goal is to allow drivers to use features like music, messaging, and navigation, with minimal distraction.

This will be done primarily by trading tapping and swiping for speaking. Among other things, Android Auto includes a messaging function that can read texts and e-mail, and allows the driver to dictate responses.

A car-specific version of Google Maps is also included, and the system will support third-party apps like Spotify and iHeartRadio.

Of course, you won’t have to pair your car and phone purchases. Android Auto adds a layer of Google-specific functionality on top of existing infotainment systems, so other types of phones will still be compatible with the basic system. 

Volvo has already confirmed that it will offer both Android Auto and CarPlay. Apple partners General Motors, Honda, and Hyundai may follow suit.

Each carmaker should have at least one model with Android Auto on sale by the end of 2015. Specifics will have to wait until closer to the launch date, although Volvo said it will debut the system on the redesigned XC90 set to be unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show this fall.

Mobile

Want more power, but faster? This new charging tech claims it can deliver

Chunky power bricks and slow charging could be a thing of the past with GaNFast technology from Navitas Semiconductors. By using an alternative to silicon, GaNFast reduces power consumption and boosts output.
Mobile

Here’s how to download podcasts and listen to them on Android or iOS

Podcasts have become a cultural staple. Here's how to download podcasts and listen to them on your Android or iOS device, and which apps to use if you're looking to get the most out of the format.
Cars

Big tech, bigger grille: BMW updates its 7 Series flagship for 2020

The BMW 7 Series will enter the 2020 model year with a host of updates inside, outside, and under the sheet metal. The new-look nose with a jumbo grille hides updated engines, while passengers benefit from smart tech features.
Cars

Muscle cars, trucks, and EVs roared into the subdued 2019 Detroit Auto Show

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show was the quietest edition of the event in recent memory, but that doesn't mean nothing significant happened inside the Cobo Center. Here are the new cars and concepts we saw at the show.
Cars

The 8-seat, 3-row 2020 Telluride SUV is the biggest Kia ever

It's fitting that the 2020 Kia Telluride debuts at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, as it was built specifically to meet U.S. buyers' insatiable demand for SUVs. Kia packed the eight-seat cabin with family-friendly tech as well.
Mobile

Sony is showing something off at MWC -- will it be the Xperia XZ4?

Sony may have released the Xperia XZ3 in the past few months, but already it's preparing to release a follow-up, the Xperia XZ4. We're learning plenty about the phone now some details have started to leak out, and it's getting exciting.
Mobile

Do these Geekbench results accurately represent the Moto G7?

The Moto G6 range is still relatively new to the market, but rumors have already started about the Moto G7, which is expected some time in 2019. Apparently, a G7 Power version will be joining the G7, G7 Play, and G7 Plus.
Mobile

Is this the first image of a Galaxy S10 being used in real life?

It won't be long now; With 2019 underway, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is almost here. Before it arrives, here's absolutely everything you need to know about all three of Samsung's next flagships.
Wearables

Omron HeartGuide brings blood pressure monitoring to your wrist

High blood pressure leads to heart attacks, strokes, and many other health problems, so it's important to keep an eye on. Omron's HeartGuide is a fitness tracking watch that can also monitor your blood pressure from your wrist.
Mobile

Learn how to play YouTube in the background on iOS and Android

We show you how to play YouTube in the background with apps such as Opera, Chrome, and Firefox -- along with the premium offerings like YouTube Premium -- whether you have an Android or iOS device.
Mobile

Android vs. iOS: Which smartphone platform is the best?

If you’re trying to choose a new phone and you’re not sure about the merits and pitfalls of the leading smartphone operating systems, then come on in for a detailed breakdown as we pit Android vs. iOS in various categories.
Mobile

Verizon’s deal could get you a free iPhone XR — but there’s some fine print

Verizon launched a new deal for its smartphones aimed at encouraging customers to open a new line. If you're willing and you want two new phones, you could get a free Samsung Galaxy S9, iPhone XR, or Pixel 3.
Mobile

Get $100 discount on the Razer Phone 2 for a limited time

The Razer Phone 2 is finally here, and it's got upgraded specs, that super-smooth 120Hz display, and an updated design. Here's absolutely everything you need to know about the Razer Phone 2.
Business

Google is buying mysterious smartwatch tech from The Fossil Group for $40 million

Google is about to step up its smartwatch game. The company has agreed to buy an unnamed smartwatch technology from The Fossil Group for a hefty $40 million. Considering the acquisition, it's clear Google is serious about smartwatches.