Next-Gen Android Auto Won’t Require Smartphone to Be Plugged In

According to the Reuters report, Google is going to develop a new iteration of the Android operating system in collaboration with automakers. This particular version of Android is going to be installed in the cars’ infotainment systems. The current Android Auto is really good enough, but it requires the phone to be plugged in. The ambitious new project will bring a new architecture that will be very useful for those who prefer Androids over iPhones, since it will be installed into cars. It will offer great connectivity and numerous additional features which will be especially tailored for in-car use.

Hyundai Display Audio Android Auto Integration

Hyundai Display Audio Android Auto

Reportedly, the new software will be released simultaneously with the latest version of the Android operating system. The next significant release of the operating system is currently known as the Android M (Android 6.0). There are some speculations about its possible release date, but nobody actually knows when they’re going to launch it. The best case scenario is fall 2015, but don’t be surprised if they prolong the release until mid-2016. This is important because the next generation of the Android operating system will come with a completely different approach. More precisely, Android will have its features displayed on the infotainment screen without a smartphone plugged in.

The Android Auto will be exhibited at the 2015 CES this January. It comes with the latest Hyundai Display Audio system. Nonetheless, this particular version requires an Android smartphone to be plugged in.

The new software will expand the possibilities. Utilizing this feature, the driver can access vital information about the car and its condition, route, GPS location etc. The new system will have numerous other usages. The fact that the Google’s system would be installed directly into cars means that it could use sensors and cameras as well as the car’s Internet connection. Although the concept might seem a bit scary, the future will certainly bring a complete integration of all the devices including cars, smartphones and smart watches, home appliances etc.

It’s still questionable which automakers would agree to have the new Google system. Numerous companies have already joined the Open Automotive Alliance that will bring the Android Auto on the dashboards of new vehicles. However, the next-gen system is advanced and it requires more powers. There’s also an argument which says that there’s no reason that automakers sacrifice their unique systems in favor of the new Android Auto, since they would lose their comparative advantage. It can’t be compared as if it was exactly the same case, but it’s worth saying that Google succeeded in developing an operating system which is now installed in various smartphones whose manufacturers are from all around the world.

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