First Look at 'Android in the Car'? [Video]

First Look at 'Android in the Car'? [Video]

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AndroidPolice has obtained what may be the first look at 'Android in the Car', Google's answer to CarPlay.

This rumor gets a confidence level of 7/10. We are pretty confident that Google's Android in the Car interface will be functionally close to what we'll look at today, though the actual interface could change drastically. What's also important to note, though, is that manufacturers could still add their own interfaces to Android's car experience.

In a series of short video clips embedded below we interfaces for Music, Telephony, and Messaging. In the music app when there's artwork a translucent bar offers big, bold, pressable controls. A system navigation bar runs along the button and a Google Search icon is located at the top right. You can open the search interface by saying "Ok Google".

Users can enter a dialer that lets them select frequent contacts or dial a number; however, calls can also triggered by saying, "Ok Google, call [name]".

Sending a message can also be accomplished through voice commands by saying, "send a message", "send a message to [name]", or "send a message to [name] - I'm on my way." A blue color is used on screen to indicate when that Google is talking to the user to clarify a command. Notably, Google doesn't show the message onscreen. Instead, it reads the message back before requesting confirmation.

Voice commands can also trigger navigation and general search. The car icon at the far right of the system menu will presumably show information related to vehicle you are in. Additionally, AndroidPolice says there is some evidence that Google Now cards would be seen in a separate part of the interface.

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UmOkay - May 26, 2014 at 6:01pm
Not sure why this is news. Android based systems are already in cars. It's just now called Android but deep down it is the same OS just very well hidden. I guess since the next version will actually have the Android and Google name attached to it.
Troll Hater - May 26, 2014 at 7:49pm
Actually, besides ford which runs Microsoft's sync for the time being, most actually run off of QNX. Which is blackberry owned software. Apple actually partnered with them on their car play integration. Search QNX on this site and you'll see what I mean.
lsajf - May 26, 2014 at 5:15pm
hope progress moves into Asian made car. ford and GM and all those other car manufactures are horrible! first time I got into a focus, I immediately got out. Cheaply made all of them. now they are all designing cars similar to an eastern look with style and sleekness. I got into a 2014 ford focus and again the interior design and handling cannot compete. It was like driving a go-cart made of plastic.
armor - May 26, 2014 at 5:22pm
I feel the same way man. I drive a Honda accord 2012. when I bought it, I thought about getting a ford focus too. at the time the focus handling paled so much in comparison to eastern made vehicles. I've never driven a GM before but the designs of GM doesn't even appeal to me. There's no sexy-ness in GM. GM is probably an old man's vehicle. Ford has been looking like they improved but if you feel uncomfortable driving a car, then its all pointless. Stick with Toyota, Honda, acura, lexus, ... maybe Mercedes but Mercedes are so ugly to me. Mercedes are designed to compliment ages 65 and older.
Dudley - May 26, 2014 at 8:03am
More like a proof of concept exercise than anything close to finished.
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