Wireless Android Auto arrives on Pixel & Nexus devices

Select Android users can now use Android Auto without a USB cable. Until now, in order for the driver to use Android Auto with their devices, smartphones were required to be connected via cable at all times. Now, however, after a number of previous leaks hinting at the feature, wireless support is now available, albeit to a limited number of device owners.

In order to gain access to the feature, drivers must own either a Pixel device, be it a first or second generation smartphone, or a Nexus 5X or 6P. In addition to this, the devices in question must be running stock Android 8.0 Oreo or …


Android Auto and Apple CarPlay expected to drive future auto sales

Strategy Analytics is a company that provides analysis on the automobile electronics market (among other things). A recent survey and subsequent analysis by the company shows that drivers are becoming increasingly dependent on smartphone connection features in their vehicles. Specifically, users prefer mirror services such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Research suggests that drivers prefer these for ease of use and features. A large portion of drivers use these services for navigation and media consumption.
What is different about these systems compared to other …

New Android Auto feature lets you actually use your phone while connected

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Android Auto just got a small but incredibly useful update.

Google appears to be rolling out a new “swipe to unlock” feature for the vehicle-connected app that makes it easier to unlock your phone while it’s paired to the car.

The company hasn’t yet disclosed the change, but it’s been spotted by a number of Redditors (h/t Engadget), who report seeing the feature show up in the last day or two. 

With the update, users can unlock their phones while it’s connected to the in-car Android Auto system with a simple swipe up. This allows you to access content form your phone that wouldn’t otherwise be accessible via the Android Auto dash system. Read more…

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Google enables "Swipe to unlock" gesture for Android Auto phones

One of the main complaints of Android Auto users is the fact that they can’t unlock their smartphones once they’re connected to their cars via Google’s operating system. The only way to continue to use the smartphone while connected via Android Auto would be by voice since the app locks you out of the screen preventing drivers from using it through traditional means.

Well, it appears that Google had a change of heart and has decided to remove the restriction on the phone’s lockscreen so that Android Auto smartphones could be used by either drivers or passengers while on the move.

The …

Qualcomm raises bid for auto chip maker NXP to $44 billion; Broadcom could hike offer for Qualcomm

Way before Broadcom made its initial bid for fellow chipmaker Qualcomm in November, the latter had gone after NXP Technologies. Qualcomm proposed a transaction for the largest producer of chips for automobiles, valued at $110 a share, back in October 2016. Since then, the deal has been approved by regulators around the world except in China. The regulatory agency in that country has yet to weigh in with a response.

While regulators have given the deal a thumbs up, NXP stockholders weren’t as happy with the price offered by Qualcomm. So this morning, the company raised its bid for NXP to …

Google Assistant is coming to Android Auto this week

2018 is shaping up as a strong year for smart home speakers and AI-driven experiences as a whole. Alongside the big announcement that companies such as LG, Lenovo, JBL, and Sony, among others, will start producing Google Assistant-powered smart speakers with touchscreens, Google also revealed that its AI assistant will finally be making its way to Android Auto, starting this week in the U.S.

But wait, you can already use voice commands with Android Auto, how is Google Assistant any different? Well, that’s a good question, and the answer is …

Report: Billions in auto accident damages have been caused by Pokemon GO users playing while driving

Pokemon GO is an AR powered game involving made up pocket monsters with make believe powers and capabilities. Even though Pokemon don’t really exist, playing Pokemon GO while driving can create plenty of real-life damages. According to a pair of researchers at Purdue University, nation-wide damage caused by drivers playing Pokemon GO while operating their vehicles amounted to a range of $2 billion to $7.3 billion in the first 148 days after the game was launched. That figures includes two fatalities that occurred while drivers were playing the game.

We should point out that the the actual …

VLC for Android receives a major update that adds Android Auto and picture-in-picture support

VLC, one of the most popular media players for Android devices, hadn’t received an important update for almost a year. Today, developers announced they have decided to deliver a host of new features to VLC via a comprehensive update.

If you’ve been a VLC user, then you’ll be pleased to know that the media player will be getting PiP (picture-in-picture) support on Android Oreo devices, as well as Android Auto implementation.

Moreover, 360-degree video support has been added too, along with a more dynamic and Material-compliant user interface. New Search activity and integration with …

BlackBerry KEYone combines with Android Auto to keep your eyes on the road

When you have the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition in a car’s cockpit with you, it requires some will power to keep your eyes off of the dynamic looking black-hued handset, and to keep them on the road where they belong. No, we get it. The gorgeous physical QWERTY keyboard looks even more stunning in black. Heck, even those famous BlackBerry frets are covered in black.

Thankfully, as BlackBerry Mobile shows us in a new official video that was released today, the phone works with Android Auto which means that once you pair the phone to your car using Bluetooth, you can put it in your …

Waze is finally available on Android Auto

After a couple of months of beta testing, the popular, Google-owned navigation service Waze has finally made its way to Android Auto.

The Android Auto app retains the functionality of its mobile counterpart, including the familiar police, traffic, and crash reporting features, but adapts everything for the much larger screen of your car’s center console. Everything is pretty straightforward, especially if you have experience with the mobile app, and initiating routes is easier than ever. All it takes is an “Ok Google” and the name your final stop. Of …