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Google announces Ubiquitous Computing Summit

Google announces Ubiquitous Computing Summit

Google will hold a dedicated ubiquitous computing event this year, encouraging developers to make software that runs across phones, tablets, smart homes, and wearables. The Google Ubiquitous Computing Summit will take place this fall in San Francisco, the search company announced today at its annual developer event, and focus on blurring the boundaries between form-factors and locations, making better use of the context the user is in, and - perhaps most appealing to coders - reducing the amount of duplication across platforms.

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Chevrolet fits 14 cars with Android Auto and CarPlay

Chevrolet fits 14 cars with Android Auto and CarPlay

Chevrolet has announced the most ambitious Android Auto and Apple CarPlay roll-out so far, with a full fourteen of the GM brand’s 2016 line-up supporting the infotainment systems. “There are a lot of smartphones out there today,” Dan Kinney, director of user experience at Chevrolet pointed out, “and not all of them are being used responsibly.” Unlike rival manufacturers, Chevy will be making the advanced smartphone connectivity a standard-fit item, not charging more for it.

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Android Auto hits Hyundai first as 2015 Sonata update

Android Auto hits Hyundai first as 2015 Sonata update

Google's Android Auto push to take over the dashboard has begun in earnest, with Hyundai the first car company to offer the smartphone-tethered system on a production car. As of today, Hyundai's 2015 Sonata with Navigation will come with Android Auto support off the forecourt, and the car maker is offering upgrades for existing owners. Once installed, hooking up an Android phone via USB and Bluetooth pipes things like Google Maps, messaging, and Google Now through to the Sonata's in-dash display.

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2016 Volvo XC90 first-drive – Scandinavia on wheels

2016 Volvo XC90 first-drive – Scandinavia on wheels

Nordic noir has invaded our television and our bookshelves, and now Volvo wants to do the same for luxury SUVs with the all-new 2016 XC90. As many companies, automotive and otherwise have discovered, throwing money at a problem isn’t necessarily the best way to fix it. Nonetheless, it helps to have deep pockets when you’re tasked with completely reinventing your line-up, and Volvo has spent over $11bn since it was sold to Geely in 2010 and began to rebuild its range from the ground up. Now, we’re getting a taste of what that money bought, and like moody Scandinavian detectives, it turns out to be complicated.

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HTC reportedly working on Android Auto competitor

HTC reportedly working on Android Auto competitor

HTC has made a home in your pocket, and maybe even on your wrist, but what about in your car? An interesting finding details how HTC may be angling to involve themselves in auto, creating an in-dash system that does much of what Android Auto does, but builds on it just a bit more. Codenamed ‘Cello’, HTC is doing for Android Auto what they did for Android so many years ago, seemingly bringing a skinned Android Auto to car manufacturers for inclusion with new cars.

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2016 Kia Optima bakes in Android Auto

2016 Kia Optima bakes in Android Auto

When it comes to refreshing your best-selling model, you could be forgiven for playing it safe, but Kia is taking the tech approach with the 2016 Optima. Longer and wider than the outgoing model, not to mention with a more distinctive exterior design, it's also Kia's first shipping car with Android Auto support. The gadgetry doesn't stop there, however, as the South Korean firm takes on its American rivals like Chevy and Ford.

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Android Auto hits the road as Pioneer upgrade options

Android Auto hits the road as Pioneer upgrade options

Android Auto might be a tough thing to find on the dashboard of most modern cars, but the first aftermarket upgrades are finally hitting shelves. Pioneer has the first replacement head-units supporting Android Auto (and, for that matter, Apple's CarPlay), with sales beginning in the US, UK, and Australia. Compatible with Android 5.0 devices, the system takes the regular Android interface and reworks it for use while driving, pushing services like Google Maps and Google Now to the fore with bigger buttons and speech recognition.

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Android Auto exists because we’re not very responsible

Android Auto exists because we’re not very responsible

Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay are exciting, emerging tech that will make your car’s on-board system a bit more familiar (and likely more useful, too). With a simplified, blown-up version of features you might find on your phone, either platform promise to bring you closer to your drive and further from unnecessary small-screen activities. Though handy, we’re still curious what led both to your car. Was it pure opportunity, or were there other, altruistic motives at stake?

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CES Day 2: Dell drops bombs, Simplicam knows who you are

CES Day 2: Dell drops bombs, Simplicam knows who you are

CES, day two! After the opening day fireworks, things have mostly calmed down — but there were some big surprises today, too. If anything, today can be considered Dell-day at CES, with their unveiling of a series of high-end products that actually made us take a step back. From tablets to laptops down to displays, Dell took the cake on day two, but they had company. Toshiba showed up to unveil some new products, and we even got news of some incoming Android Auto and CarPlay receivers.

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