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  • seth.rosenblatt 6/25/2014 5:17:31 PM
    "Makes it easier and safer to use the connected apps and services drivers want in the car," he says.
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/25/2014 5:17:41 PM
    Navigation, communication, streaming music.
  • James Martin 6/25/2014 5:17:44 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/25/2014 5:17:59 PM
    Android Auto is contextually aware.
  • James Martin 6/25/2014 5:18:03 PM
  • Tim Stevens 6/25/2014 5:18:04 PM
    We're seeing mockups on a transitional 4:3 screen that you'd expect to see on a dashboard.
  • James Martin 6/25/2014 5:18:17 PM
  • Tim Stevens 6/25/2014 5:18:46 PM
    Indeed, no actual car on stage, but the blank, just the interior, for a demo.
  • James Martin 6/25/2014 5:18:48 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/25/2014 5:18:51 PM
    We can put Google Glass on the Moscone roof, but we can't drive a car onto the stage.
  • James Martin 6/25/2014 5:19:09 PM
  • Tim Stevens 6/25/2014 5:19:22 PM
    Really low-quality video showing off the Android Auto demo. Jittery and blurry.
    Bit of a shame.
  • James Martin 6/25/2014 5:19:49 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/25/2014 5:19:55 PM
    The apps are running on your phone, so any compatible car will work with AndroidAuto'
  • Tim Stevens 6/25/2014 5:20:00 PM
    There's a touchscreen that's frequently in use here, which makes me wonder if that will be part of the requirements from auto makers. Apple's CarPlay, for the record, does not require a touchscreen. (But will use one if it's present.)
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/25/2014 5:20:08 PM
    Problem is, how many existing cars on the road will be able to work with this?
  • James Martin 6/25/2014 5:20:16 PM
  • Tim Stevens 6/25/2014 5:20:26 PM
    "Simple, glanceable controls for the car" is what this is being described, and indeed it is easier than the base Android experience.
  • James Martin 6/25/2014 5:20:30 PM
  • Tim Stevens 6/25/2014 5:20:31 PM
    You can use buttons on the wheel, or voice, too.
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/25/2014 5:20:32 PM
    Will integrate with voice steering wheel controls
  • James Martin 6/25/2014 5:20:53 PM
  • Tim Stevens 6/25/2014 5:20:55 PM
    The row of buttons on the bottom is Maps, calls, music, and what looks like a gauge, plus a row of dots that will probably be for triggering other apps.
  • James Martin 6/25/2014 5:21:07 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/25/2014 5:21:15 PM
    Google Maps for AndroidAuto will be completely voice enabled
  • James Martin 6/25/2014 5:21:22 PM
  • James Martin 6/25/2014 5:21:40 PM
  • Tim Stevens 6/25/2014 5:21:42 PM
    He just asked a question via voice, and got an answer spoken back to him.
  • Tim Stevens 6/25/2014 5:21:53 PM
    "How late is the De Young museum open today?" The answer came back, and then navigation began.
  • James Martin 6/25/2014 5:21:57 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/25/2014 5:22:06 PM
    The maps demo worked smoothly.
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/25/2014 5:22:26 PM
    Lots of shouts out to the Richmond District today. Hopefully not the next techie ground zero...
  • Tim Stevens 6/25/2014 5:22:43 PM
    There's a button on the wheel to trigger voice commands.
  • Tim Stevens 6/25/2014 5:23:03 PM
    He just dictated a voice command, and said "sure" to send it. It went away.
  • James Martin 6/25/2014 5:23:04 PM
  • James Martin 6/25/2014 5:23:23 PM
  • Tim Stevens 6/25/2014 5:23:24 PM
    "We know it's not easy to build apps for cars today." He's talking about the plethora of platforms and standards
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/25/2014 5:23:35 PM
    Now we're getting to how this is going to work.
  • Tim Stevens 6/25/2014 5:23:40 PM
    "Wouldn't it be great if building an app for the car was just like building an app for a smartphone or a tablet?"
  • Tim Stevens 6/25/2014 5:23:53 PM
    There is an SDK, so this is indeed much more open than Apple's CarPlay, which as of now is still locked down.
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/25/2014 5:23:55 PM
    New AndroidAuto SDK will help you "focus on just making great apps for the car," he says.
  • James Martin 6/25/2014 5:24:00 PM
  • Tim Stevens 6/25/2014 5:24:15 PM
    First up will just be audio and messaging apps, meaning you won't get full control of the display by the sound of things. Likely in the interest of distraction.
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/25/2014 5:24:50 PM
    Lots of apps available... "same API using for notifications on Android Wear"
  • James Martin 6/25/2014 5:24:56 PM
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