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Google tipped in effort to build Android into future cars

Google tipped in effort to build Android into future cars

According to unnamed sources that spoke to Reuters, Google is preparing to take its Android Auto to the next level, and will introduce a version of its software in the future that is built directly into cars. This embedded version of Android will have several perks over the current iteration, including doing away with the need to plug a smartphone into the infotainment center's USB. The platform won't be without its hurdles, however, and its embedded nature could be its undoing.

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Hyundai hands the keys to CarPlay and Android Auto

Hyundai hands the keys to CarPlay and Android Auto

Hyundai hasn't been slow to embrace either CarPlay or Android Auto, but Apple and Google's infotainment systems look set to become even more central to the car firm's dashboards in 2015. A new Display Audio head-unit set to eventually become Hyundai's volume option across all entry-level cars will ditch the CD player and onboard navigation in favor of offloading it to the driver's iPhone or Android device, in what the company claims will save cash for drivers already committed to their smartphones and not bothered by duplicating functionality with expensive in-dash upgrades.

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Audi Q7 features Virtual Cockpit in premium SUV

Audi Q7 features Virtual Cockpit in premium SUV

Inside the newly announced Audi Q7, the newest version of Audi virtual cockpit will run the show. Users will be working with a new MMI all-in touch control unit, and both Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also able to be run to connect to users' iPhone or Android smartphone. This vehicle makes its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, bringing on a vehicle that emphasizes Audi's abilities to deliver a vehicle with lightweight construction, efficiency, and smart assistance systems inside.

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Android Auto hands-on: Promising but patchy flexibility

Android Auto hands-on: Promising but patchy flexibility

We've heard plenty about Apple's CarPlay, but what about Android Auto? Finally getting its moment in the spotlight now that Android 5.0 Lollipop is arriving, the dashboard-takeover isn't actually available on any production car quite yet, but I was able to take an early look at the LA Auto Show inside a new 2015 Hyundai Sonata. The premise is simple: plug in your Android phone - in this particular case, a Nexus 5 - via USB cable and the car's central infotainment touchscreen gets an Android Auto revamp, with specially-designed graphics for use while driving, voice control rather than stabbing at a keyboard, and smart integration with your use of Google services elsewhere. Interesting, but it's not entirely road-worthy just yet.

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Potential Android Auto 3rd party app UI unveiled

Potential Android Auto 3rd party app UI unveiled

Google wants Android to be in everything that has web connectivity and to that effect, the company has unveiled what third party apps might one day look like inside your car. Android for the car will be called Android Auto and the image you see here is what the apps might one day look like in the car, assuming your car supports Android Auto.

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The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

Speaking to your car's dashboard has been hailed by many as the answer to driver distraction, but most systems are flawed, respond poorly, and motorists don't really care about their features, research indicates. Automotive survey heavyweight J.D. Power went digging through reported vehicle quality, and found that lackluster infotainment - substandard voice control systems in particular - was a frequent complaint.

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Catch up with Google I/0 2014 keynote and videos

Catch up with Google I/0 2014 keynote and videos

The end of June was definitely a wild one for the Android world. Google held it's annual I/O conference where the company's execs and developers detailed the next roadmap for Google's products. But in case you didn't have the luck to be there yourself, or didn't even have the time to follow the events as they unfolded, now you can get updated with the latest news and trends in Google's world now that the I/O 2014 videos are up for grabs.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata first-drive: CarPlay & Android Auto onboard

2015 Hyundai Sonata first-drive: CarPlay & Android Auto onboard

Hyundai has something to prove in the midsized segment, and the 2015 Sonata is the car it's aiming to do that with. Dropping the droopy design for a tauter, more sturdy appearance, and stepping up its game with more usable performance, clever electronic toys like smart cruise control, and interior space that belongs with a class above, the new Sonata wants you to forget the Camry, Passat, and Fusion in favor of a US-made Korean alternative. Ambitious, but as I found behind the wheel there's plenty to recommend it.

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