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Monday, February 1, 2016

Will AppLink Become The Third Competitor After CarPlay & Android Auto?


It's not long before Apple CarPlay and Google's Android Auto become standard features in new cars. But before the car infotainment business becomes a true duopoly, there may be a third competitor entering the playing field.

The technology is called AppLink, a version of the open source platform SmartDeviceLink (SDL). Among other things, adopting the technology are automaker giants Ford and Toyota.
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Sunday, January 31, 2016

[UPDATE] Getting A New Google Nexus 5X For Android Auto? Read This First



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UPDATE: The Google Nexus 6P comes with a USB-C to USB-A cable that you need to connect to your car's dashboard or head unit. I have made the necessary changes in this post. The Nexus 5X does not include this cable.

Google announced two new Nexus phones in September of last year - Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Both devices feature plenty of new features including fingerprint sensors and faster processors. The phones are also the only two devices that come pre-installed with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google's latest software.

With Marshmallow, users get access to Android Auto. I recently got my hands on a Nexus 5X for the purpose of testing it out with my Pioneer AVH-4100NEX which supports Android Auto. Although you would think getting Android Auto working would be a simple plug-and-play operation it isn't.

If you are planning on upgrading your smartphone to the Nexus 5X to be able to use Android Auto right out of the box, you may want to read this first.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Waze 4.0 For Android Screenshots Leaked, Update Coming Soon [Video]


For over 3 months now, iOS users have enjoyed the new version of Waze even before Android users have had a taste. Version 4.0 for iOS was released in October last year and Google, that owns Waze, for some reason hasn't released an equivalent Android update since.

But seems like we are closer than ever to version 4.0 of Waze for Android as screenshots of the newest version have surfaced thanks to the website Android Police. They even made a YouTube video that shows you around the entirely overhauled app.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Project Titan May Be Delayed As Apple Stops New Hirings


Apple's Project Titan has garnered some unwanted attention in last few days. The electric car project has been Apple's big secret with a speculated completion date sometime in 2020. But a couple of recent setbacks could put that date in jeopardy.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Apple's Project Titan Chief Reportedly Leaving The Company


Apple's electric car endeavor, Project Titan, hasn't been so 'secretive' after all. Even though the company has never confirmed they are working on a car, we've already had plenty of leaked information about the project.

Now, according to a report on The Wall Street Journal, a veteran Apple executive in charge of leading Project Titan is leaving the company.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Ford Will Integrate Android Auto And CarPlay In All 2017 Sync 3 Models


Just before CES 2016, Ford announced plans of bringing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to its vehicles' dashboards. It's good news for future Ford owners and even some existing ones.

According to Ford, every 2017 model year car equipped with Sync 3, which is its latest infotainment system, will have Android Auto and CarPlay capabilities preinstalled. But what about 2016 cars with Sync 3? Worry not.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Anker Makes The Best Lightning Cables At Affordable Prices [Opinion]


Third-party lightning cables are a dime a dozen these days. Head over to online retailers like eBay or Amazon and search for some. The choices can be overwhelming and not all of them may be reliable.

You could always buy the original cable directly from Apple if you're willing to shell out $20 for it. There are cheaper alternatives that are reliable though. And a few third-party cable makers even offer a warranty.

I use a third-party cable made by Anker in my car to use CarPlay or AppRadio Mode. I have another Anker cable connected to a simple 12V USB charger too for the times I only need to charge my phone. Cables used in the car are perhaps prone to more wear compared to the ones you use at home.

The most common problem with charging cables is fraying, either at the USB end or lightning end. Recently, one of my Anker cables stopped working as the lightning end came loose. I decided to contact Anker support to check if I had any warranty I could avail of.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Did Waze Really Drop Pioneer AppRadio Mode Support?


When it comes to navigation apps, Waze is perhaps one of the most popular choices. Whether you've been using it on your car's Pioneer head unit equipped with AppRadio Mode, or on your smartphone itself, Waze gives users plenty of relevant information.

Google owns Waze and has integrated some of the best features of the app in the native Google Maps app. But seems like about a week ago, the AppRadio Mode support in Waze was dropped by Google. I was first made aware of this by one of our readers, Alfonso.

When I launched AppRadio Mode on my Pioneer AVH-4100NEX to check this out for myself, I saw Waze still appears on the homescreen. So has Waze really dropped AppRadio Mode support?

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Self-Driving Cars Make Mistakes Too, Google Reveals [Report]


Just because a self-driving car has the latest safety technology in it doesn't absolve it from making mistakes. In a report submitted to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Google has reported the exact number of times its autonomous vehicle has slipped up and forced a driver to take over during testing.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

US DOT Unveils $4 Billion Proposal To Expedite Self-Driving Vehicle Development


Self-driving cars may arrive sooner than expected.

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx has revealed as a part of President Obama's 2017 Budget proposal, a 10-year, nearly $4 billion investment to accelerate the development and adoption of safe vehicle automation through real-world pilot projects.

More details are below.