The Android operating system has long since become familiar to us. Under its management operates the vast majority of smartphones and tablet computers. In an Android Wear it entered the “smart” watches and other wearable electronics. There is a version of the operating system and the car.
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Since its inception in 2007 (when Google announced the platform) the primary audience for the Android operating system were smartphones and tablet computers. By the end of 2013, the operating system has grown to version 4.4 KitKat, confidently took the leading position in the market. By the end of 2013 the share of Android-devices accounted for 78.6% of the market.
By the time it became clear that Android has grown from the category of the operating system only for smartphones / tablets and that Google has plans for dissemination to other market segments. The first sign was the release of Samsung Galaxy Gear, smart watches running a specially modified version of the operating system from Google. As usual, the first attempt in many ways turned out to be a success, but the device is pioneering a normal practice.
March 18, 2014, Google introduced a platform Android Wear, oriented on the portable device. Also as part of Google I / O 2014 was presented and Android Auto Android TV, the target audience were cars and TVs, respectively.
What is the Android Auto on According to Google? Firstly, it means safety, combining an intuitive interface, support for controls on the steering wheel and powerful voice commands. And all these features are aimed at achieving the same goal – to provide the necessary information without being distracted from the road.
In the view of Google Android Auto is more than a combination of navigation with player control, even in the car on the gadget is most in demand these two functions.
And, of course, in the Android Auto they are. Available voice navigation, traffic information, tips for choosing the bands, etc.
In terms of music it comes to compatibility with Google’s music service offering free test drive of its capacity within 90 days .
Android Auto also provides support for call control functions with the use of hands-free communication without any loss of time and attention to search the pockets of the mobile phone.
Do not be distracted, and device management – through support for voice recognition (and Android-powered devices are able to do it very well), all controls can be assigned to voice commands.
Also In order to expand the functionality of Android Auto, you can use different applications, including Skype, ICQ, etc. According to the official website of Google, Android Auto solutions are available in Australia, Britain, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, the USA and France. And soon they will appear in the new car models of many manufacturers, including Skoda, Ford, Volkswagen, Honda, Renault, Opel and others. To interact with the Android Auto require a smartphone running Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer versions of the operating system.
It is logical and that the “residence” for Android Auto will be the car audio. Moreover, the modern audio system – it’s much more than just a device for music on the go. They integrated navigation devices, rear-view camera support and other functions.
In addition, the Android Auto was seen functional vehicle diagnostics. Thus, the devices based on this operating system may well turn into a substitute-vehicle computers. In particular, in the depths of Android Auto found submenu «Vehicle Check» («Car check»), «Service History» («The history of service»), «Roadside Assistance» («Help on the road”) and «More Car Apps» («more automotive applications »).
The more that through integration with automotive electronics (ECU, airbags, ABS, Cruise control and a variety of sensors), as well as support for GPS and internet access to Android Auto open opportunities. He can learn the driving style master, his routes and collect other useful information, so “smart” radio cassette player can turn into a great assistant, which route best will tell you about the weather, traffic conditions will report, as well as the vehicle start pinging.
However, this functionality is available today. Although not as integrated as in the case of special vehicles shell. Already on sale you can find car entertainment systems running Android. Are they, of course, is not cheap – from 15-20 thousand rubles. But, unlike phones, tablets, navigation devices and other attachments, they fit harmoniously into the interior of the car.
Moreover, such devices often support the ability to connection to the diagnostic bus car and reading the information from the sensors and computer errors.
On the other hand, the car is quite possible to manage ordinary smartphone or tablet. Especially in the Google Play also present a variety of car shell. Moreover, such shells and offer manufacturers of mobile devices. For example, the application “in the car”, goes into a set of pre-installed software HTC One S, which was released back in 2012, as follows:
Yes, and applications for motorists enough. In particular, the version for Android are the vast majority of map services, Google Maps and free Yandeks.Navigatora up is standard in our country, “Navitel».
Moreover, no one stops the car on your Android-device with Internet access to take advantage of cloud-based music service, or client for online radio. The main thing to connect the device to the radio cars. By the way, there are tablet computers (usually positioned as a navigator) with the ability to connect a rear view camera and videoregistoratora functionality.
There are no problems and the use of Andoroid-device as on-board computer the main thing to buy an adapter that transforms ODB2 in Bluetooth, and install the appropriate application on your phone.
You can not noted and quite useful applications for Android, which inform about the cameras videofiksatsii (a GPS database), and guides with useful information for motorists (traffic rules, clarification of penalties, etc.)
In my opinion , Android Auto does not bring anything new. Many car-related functionality is implemented in existing applications for Android (and other mobile operating systems). However, now it is quite fragmented, and the popularization of Android Auto can make use of these functions at times more convenient due to the deep integration of the operating system and the systems of the car. Although the coin has another side, which is perfectly clear from this video. Even without translation. And involuntarily start to think, maybe let the scope of the Android Auto will only navigation and music, but without access to the control system of a car?
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