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 …

The best auto and automotive apps for Android and iOS you can have in 2017

Some of us spend a significant part of our lives driving around, so we might as well make the experience as comfortable and efficient as possible. That’s where these five apps come in – they will help you track and organize car costs, drive and navigate better, pump cheaper gas, or easily buy and sell vehicles. These are some of the best car apps you can have in 2017 or any year, really, so make good use of them. We hope the selection is valuable to you!
Drivvo

Download: Android | iOSPrice: Free

Drivvo helps …

Ford updates its 2016 vehicles to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Ford is bringing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay software support to its 2016 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3 and adding that support will be as simple as downloading a piece of software from owner.ford.com and installing it with a USB drive (you can also get the update over the air if your vehicle supports Wi-Fi, or take the car to a dealership). The massive update will be available for some 800,000 vehicles.
Needless to say, having access to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay makes the infotainment system on Ford cars much more modern, streamlined …

Google Allo's latest update brings support for Android Auto, animated emoji

As it turns out, Allo isn’t quite the success Google wanted it to be, but the company isn’t giving up on it – quite the opposite, actually. An update to the messaging platform’s Android app today has brought support for a somewhat big new feature: support for Android Auto.

After the update, upon receiving an Allo notification, it will be displayed on the screen as well as read out loud, rather than be hidden behind the app’s interface, as was the case until now. Users can now also dictate a message to reply with, or automatically send a prewritten response.
Apart …

Google Photos update adds auto white balance feature to Android

Following an important update for its Gmail application, Google announced that Photos app is getting a brand new feature as well. However, the new version released today by Google will only be available to Photos users on desktop and Android. The iOS version will receive the new feature at a later date.

Auto white balance is the new feature Google Photos users will be able to take advantage of starting this week. With the latest version of the app, when the photo editor is open, you can select a look, and the application will automatically correct the white balance in the image, not just …