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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Finding An Android Auto Compatible Phone Can Be A Nightmare [Smartphone List]

Personally speaking, I live on the iOS side of things. But keeping up with this website demands an Android perspective too. So, I've owned my fair share of Android smartphones in recent times. In testing Pioneer's AppRadio Mode on Android, I have gone through a few devices in the past ranging from the Samsung Galaxy lineup to Motorola and LG.

And now Android Auto, as you may know, is one of the two big players in the car infotainment playing field; Apple CarPlay being the other one. But unlike CarPlay which works on any lightning iPhone running iOS 7.1 or later, finding an Android Auto compatible smartphone is not as straightforward.
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

You Could Soon Be Using Android Auto On A Curved Touchscreen Thanks To Panasonic

Televisions, digital cameras, home entertainment and soon in-dash car infotainment systems... That's the route Panasonic plans to take in the coming months. And to take it a step further, their in-car infotainment system might well feature a curved, high-resolution, capacitive touchscreen.

Apple Continues Scooping Up Car Engineers, This Time From Tesla Motors

Apple has been hiring car experts for its automated/electric car project for quite some time now. And just recently they picked up a senior engineer from Tesla Motors, according to a LinkedIn posting revealed by Reuters.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Android Auto Compatible App List Soars To 34, Apple CarPlay At 16


UPDATE: Thanks to a heads up from one of our readers, Jason, I have updated this post to include five latest CarPlay compatible apps. As it stands, the Apple CarPlay compatible app list is now at 16. Thanks, Jason.

Android Auto is beating Apple CarPlay comprehensively, at least when it comes to the number of compatible apps. Even though CarPlay was announced and released much before Android Auto, Google's in-car entertainment system currently has an impressive 34 apps that are compatible.

Although more apps doesn't always mean a better system, it's always good to have additional options. Take listening to podcasts for example - if you don't like one particular app for some reason, just find another one.

Here is the complete list of compatible apps for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

CarPlay And Android Auto Compatible App Umano Dies A Quiet Death

Umano, an app developed by a San Francisco startup called SoThree, has vanished. Well, maybe not vanished because we know what happened to it. The voiceover app that allowed voice actors to read news content was compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Google's Android Auto.

Here's what happened.

GoMentum Station - The Possible Home Of Apple's Project Titan

After months of speculation, initial details about Apple’s electric car project have finally been revealed by The Guardian. Codename ‘Project Titan’, documents say, is ready for a test site. And Apple has already started looking for a place for its brainchild to call home. The location in focus: GoMentum Station in the San Francisco Bay Area.

So what and where exactly is GoMentum Station?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Parrot Ditches The RNB6; Won't Make A CarPlay + Android Auto Aftermarket Head Unit

Remember the Parrot RNB6 which was showcased at CES 2015 early this year? Well, that's all it's going to remain - a memory. The aftermarket manufacturer announced on its blog that it is dropping plans of making a head unit to sell to consumers that would feature both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Motorola Moto G 2015 Won't Work With Android Auto Says Google

Android Auto is a relatively new technology and it has it share of problems. The biggest issue I see is that not all Android 5.0 Lollipop or later smartphones are capable of Android Auto. Unlike Apple CarPlay which works with any lightning iPhone running iOS 7.1 or later.

Even newer phones like the Motorola Moto G 2015, which was one of the first phones to get the Lollipop update, has issues connecting to an Android Auto system. And that's official now because Google themselves have acknowledged the problem on their Support page.

If you head over to the Android Auto Support page and scroll to the bottom, you will see a section that says "Known Issues". This is what it says...

Apple Confirms Fall Media Event To Be Held On September 9

Apple has confirmed, via its website, the date of its Fall Media Event to be held in San Francisco, California. The date is September 9, 2015 and doesn't come as much of a surprise as 9/9/15 was thrown around many times in the rumor mill.

Apple's banner on its website says "Hey Siri, give us a hint." The message has set more rumor wheels in motion as what to expect from the event.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Google Announces The Android Auto Desktop Head Unit

If you're a developer working on getting your app compatible with Android Auto, there's some news for you. Google has announced a new testing tool which has been released today. It is called the Android Auto Desktop Head Unit (DHU).

Read along for more details.