Android Auto brings Google Now to cars, challenges Apple CarPlay to the core (VIDEO)

By Alexandra Burlacu | Jun 26, 2014 08:51 AM EDT

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email

The big Google I/O 2014 developer conference kicked off on Wednesday, June 25, and Android Auto was among the stars of the show.

Android Auto is widely seen as Google's answer to Apple's recently-launched CarPlay and brings a redesigned, car-specific interface for Android. The platform is contextually aware, which means that it can detect when you're in the car and it delivers a simplified version - the new Android L release - designed to reduce distraction.

Follow us

Simply put, Android Auto runs on your mobile device, but will also mirror its interface onto a touchscreen in the car's dashboard, allowing users to interact with Android either by using the touchscreen or by giving voice commands.

"It's one thing to be able to simply check your wrist for what you need when you're on the go. But what about when you're in your car? Many of us want to stay connected even while driving. Getting directions, traffic updates, finding just the right music playlist. But using our phones while at the wheel is simply unsafe," Google touts in a blog post on June 25.

"Android Auto, which we showed to developers today, takes care of that for you, just connect your Android phone to a car with Android Auto, and you'll have what you need at your fingertips such as turn-by-turn navigation from Google Maps, your curated playlists and radio stations through Play Music, simple-to-use voice search, and reminders from Google Now. This is accessible through your car's controls, and more importantly, is far safer than fumbling around with your phone. You'll start to see Android Auto in cars later this year."

The new Android Auto sports a card-based interface that looks very familiar, as it basically looks like Google Now for the car. When it connects to your car's dashboard display, it will automatically show relevant information for your driving based on what Google and Google Now know about your habits and schedule. If it's near the time you usually go home, for instance, it will show you info about your commute home, complete with a travel time estimate. If you look at the bottom of the screen, you'll find useful shortcuts that allow you to seamlessly jump between navigation, phone, music, and so on.

Moreover, you will also be able to tap a steering wheel or on-screen button and utter voice commands to Android Auto if you want to access Google Maps Navigation, search for a destination or a contact, or access your messages and phone dialer. Users can even speak to reply to texts and emails using Google's voice input and text-to-speech, ask Android Auto to navigate to the nearest restaurant, or play a song you want.

According to Google, as many as 40 automakers and suppliers part of the Open Automotive Alliance are already on board with Android Auto. To learn more about this neat new service, check out the video below or head over to the Android Auto website at this link.

Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

google, Android Auto, Google I/O 2014

Join Our Conversation

The HTC logo is seen with different devices from the brand HTC M10 Perfume Launching A Month Later After MWC 2016
Lava Unleashes New P7 Device Into The Indian Market
New Disney Phone Coming To Japan
Xiaomi Locks Redmi Note 3, Mi 4c And Mi Note Pro; Others To Follow Suit?
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Amazon Logo Amazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC Logo HTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google Downtime Google blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
ZTE's new lease program ZTE’s new Lease-to-own Program for Mobile Devices
LG’s G Pay to Take on Google, Samsung and Apple
Facebook: Taxes in the UK and a new Shopping tab
Samsung’s VR Headset to be Released at $99, Hulu Jumps Onboard with Apps Ready

Most Popular

© 2016 IBT Media Inc. All Rights Reserved.mobilenapps