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The number of mobile apps available is simply astounding. There's around 1.6 million on Google Play, and more than 1.5 million are available through the Apple App Store. That's more than anyone could ever use, and there are plenty that would rarely be found unless they were stumbled across or managed to drum up some publicity...

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Google overhauls Maserati's infotainment with Android interface
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Google overhauls Maserati's infotainment with Android interface

Technology giant Google has taken a leap beyond its Android Auto smartphone integration system, with the unveiling of a complete in-car infotainment system running its Android operating platform. At its latest I/O developers conference, Google presented a Maserati Ghibli running a next-generation version of the Android platform...


Android Auto will soon skip the need for an in-car display
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Android Auto will soon skip the need for an in-car display

During the annual Google I/O developers conference, the search giant announced that Android Auto will gain some new features, including the ability to operate without a compatible infotainment head unit. Until now, Android Auto boasted a similar feature set to Apple CarPlay, with both technologies allowing their respective smartphone operating systems to present a mirrored but significantly simplified interface on a vehicle's compatible display...


How easy is it to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
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How easy is it to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

The perpetual evolution of technology is a runaway train that can't be stopped and car manufacturers are rushing to keep up with the latest developments, as are car buyers. We are constantly inundated with the latest software updates, new apps that purportedly make our lives easier and innovative gadgets that will be replaced by an upgraded model even before we completely understand the original...


Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come to Ford Sync 3, Fiat Chrysler UConnect
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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come to Ford Sync 3, Fiat Chrysler UConnect

The list of carmakers offering connectivity with the new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment platforms has grown again, with Ford and Fiat Chrysler both making major announcements at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. For Ford, the move marks an anticipated upgrade to its new Sync 3 system, which was revealed last year and is locked in for an Australian launch sometime next year...


2016 Mitsubishi Pajero drops manual, gains Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Digital Radio
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2016 Mitsubishi Pajero drops manual, gains Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Digital Radio

An updated 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero has touched down in the Australian market this week, less than a year since the big off-roading SUV was last revised. September last year saw the Pajero upgraded with lightly refreshed looks, tweaked features and new pricing for some models, but this week’s upgrade brings exciting news for tech-heads: the addition of Apple Carplay, Android Auto and DAB+ digital radio...


BMW partners up on traffic light countdown: EnLighten hits ConnectDrive overseas
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BMW partners up on traffic light countdown: EnLighten hits ConnectDrive overseas

BMW has partnered with traffic data company Connected Signals (formerly known as Green Driver) on an in-dash app that lets motorists stay ahead of upcoming signals. The app, called EnLighten, is already available on iPhone and Android devices, but this latest application marks its first appearance in an integrated vehicle setting...


2016 Honda Accord revealed with new looks, new tech: Apple Carplay, Android Auto on-board - UPDATE
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2016 Honda Accord revealed with new looks, new tech: Apple Carplay, Android Auto on-board - UPDATE

The 2016 Honda Accord update has been revealed at a Silicon Valley event this week, debuting with lightly refreshed styling, new safety features and an upgraded infotainment suite. This midlife makeover follows the 2012 unveiling of the current Accord, which debuted on the Australian market in 2013...


2016 Skoda models updated for Australia: New engines, new displays, Apple Carplay and Android Auto
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2016 Skoda models updated for Australia: New engines, new displays, Apple Carplay and Android Auto

Skoda has followed stablemate Volkswagen into announcing significant feature changes to its Australian range, introducing new equipment, new powertrains and new models. Model ranges blessed with an update this week include the small Rapid, the mid-sized Octavia, the high-riding Octavia Scout and the recently re-styled Yeti...


Volkswagen makes sweeping MY16 updates : Reversing camera, Apple CarPlay, new touchscreens standard
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Volkswagen makes sweeping MY16 updates : Reversing camera, Apple CarPlay, new touchscreens standard

Volkswagen Australia has announced a range of sweeping changes across most of its forthcoming MY16 passenger car and SUV range, which it has billed as the “biggest model year update in the local company’s history”. In what amounts to a significant value improvement, all Polo, Golf, Beetle, Scirocco, Jetta and Tiguan models will now get a standard reverse-view camera and a new App-Connect USB interface integrating Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink as standard...


Mitsubishi Pajero to be updated in 2016 with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto technology
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Mitsubishi Pajero to be updated in 2016 with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto technology

Ed's note: the original version of this story has been amended courtesy of new information from Mitsubishi Australia. The 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero is set to be updated in 2016 as the Japanese brand adds new infotainment technology to its flagship model...


Chevrolet adds Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility to its 2016 model range - UPDATE
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Chevrolet adds Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility to its 2016 model range - UPDATE

Chevrolet will begin adding Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality to its North American vehicles from the middle of 2015. All up, the company claims that 14 models in its 2016 model year range will be available with headunits that support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto...


Ford Sync 3 better for driving than Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, says car maker
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Ford Sync 3 better for driving than Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, says car maker

Ford says its new-generation infotainment system software is better suited to driving than interfaces offered by the likes of Google Auto (Android) and Apple CarPlay (iOS). Speaking with CarAdvice at the Ford GT innovation forum in Detroit today, the company’s senior technical leader for Human Machine Interface (HMI), Jeff Greenberg, noted that smartphone manufacturers do not have the equivalent experience to develop interfaces for drivers...


Google planning to put Android directly into car entertainment systems - report
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Google planning to put Android directly into car entertainment systems - report

Google is reportedly working on a version of Android which can function as the OS of a car's entertainment system. According to sources who spoke anonymously with Reuters, the next generation of Google's Android smartphone and tablet operating system, dubbed Android M, will feature a variant that can be used as a car entertainment system's operating system...


Next-generation GM infotainment system to run on Android OS
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Next-generation GM infotainment system to run on Android OS

GM's next-generation entertainment and navigation system will be built on the Android OS, although it's not clear when, or even if, the next-gen units will begin to appear in Holden cars. Dinesh Paliwal, Harman CEO, spoke to Automotive News about the next-generation entertainment and navigation system that his company is building for GM as part of a US$900 million ($1...


Apple CarPlay, Android Auto can co-exist on the one entertainment system, according to Audi, Honda, Volvo
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Apple CarPlay, Android Auto can co-exist on the one entertainment system, according to Audi, Honda, Volvo

Audi, Honda and Volvo have confirmed that their future in-car entertainment systems will be supported by both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In a statement released overnight confirming ongoing development work to integrate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into the brand's MMI entertainment and nav systems, Audi said that "customers will be able to choose at any time which of these platforms they wish to use in their cars"...


Android Auto launched: In-car smartphone interaction system available by end of 2014 in US
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Android Auto launched: In-car smartphone interaction system available by end of 2014 in US

Today Google demonstrated its Android Auto smartphone interaction system during the keynote speech at the Google I/O conference for developers in San Francisco. Like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto will allow drivers to control, interact with and use their smartphones via their car's built-in entertainment system...


Google Auto Link to debut June 25, will rival Apple CarPlay
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Google Auto Link to debut June 25, will rival Apple CarPlay

The Android equivalent of Apple CarPlay, tentatively dubbed Google Auto Link, will debut at the search giant's developer conference that begins on June 25. According to sources who have spoken to Automotive News, Google will debut an in-car mirroring and control system for Android phones at this year's Google I/O developer conference, which takes place on June 25 and 26 in San Francisco...