Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has once again reiterated how serious it is about taking over cars infotainment system with a string of updates on Android car mode. In what can only be interpreted as taking the fight to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) CarPlay, the tech giant has rolled out an update on Android Auto that it says will give it an edge in powering cars and guaranteeing the safety of the driver and occupant’s.
Reinvented Android Car Mode
While taking into consideration that it is difficult for some people to take their eyes off their phones while driving, Google believes it has found a solution to the problem. The newly updated platform will now allow drivers to view apps on their phones on the car’s head unit display.
The new Android Car Mode will not only be available to drivers with Android Auto head unit, but all smartphones running on Android 5.0. The update will add a simplified version of the OS that will allow car owners to experience Android Auto experience using their phones screen in the car without having to connect any phone to the car’s system.
“ Whether your phone is connected to a compatible car display or placed in a car mounted on the dashboard, Android Auto brings you your favorite apps and services into one place making them accessible in safer and seamless ways,” Google in a statement.
Android Auto Apps
The upgraded Android Auto will work with a variety of third party apps all of which have been updated to work with the new specialized user interface. Some of the apps that users can access include, Kik, WhatsApp, Skype, Pandora and Google Play Music.
The rejuvenated Android car mode will also feature the ‘Auto-reply’ feature that can generate automatic responses for incoming messages. Google is also working on enhancing hands-free voice commands for the system that it says will allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road instead of the head unit.
Alphabet stock was down by 0.79% in the aftermath of the U.S. election, closing the day at lows of $805.59 a share.
Receive News & Ratings Via Email - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings with our FREE daily email newsletter.