First APIs to open way to Android Auto
Android Auto was another new exciting project announced back in Google I/O in June.
Google has designed Android with the intention of taking your focus and putting it back on the road. That said, Android Auto is also all about simplicity and functions with the phone as its centre. The Android Auto experience begins with your phone. Similar to Android Wear, it works as an extension of your phone bringing features like text messaging via voice and also navigation to your car. Apps like Songza, Spotify and others are also coming along for the ride.
Google has already partnered with a handful of companies such as Audi on the Android Auto platform. We’re only going to see the first vehicles equipped with the technology only towards the end of this year and will be seeing more in 2015. With that in mind, Google has just announced that it will be releasing the first APIs for building Auto-enabled apps for developers to start working on.
Android Auto is powered by an Android smartphone or tablet to make it convenient for users while in their vehicles. Connecting both together, apps can be used on the car’s head display unit, the integrated steer wheel buttons and so on. It might include a call app to control calls coming through and audio apps to control music. However, Google has made it clear that it wants to keep distractions to drivers minimal. So, the app count for this platform wouldn’t be as amazing as Android Wear. With that said, Google has teamed up with the likes of iHeartRadio, Joyride, NPR, Pandora, Songza, Spotify, TuneIn, WhatsApp and others for the Android Auto apps.
Source: Android Authority