Android Auto

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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Google joins mass of automakers with Android Auto

Google joins mass of automakers with Android Auto

Before the end of the year, Google will be launching their Android Auto program with a massive cross-section of automotive manufacturers. They’ve made clear that the release of Android Auto is part of their Open Automotive Alliance membership, rolling with the likes of FIAT, KIA, Huyndai, Jeep, Bentley, Audi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, and a whole lot more. This alliance also taps developers at Google I/O 2014 with the first Google Auto SDK, ready for release "soon."

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