The cat has already been let out of the bag by ACDD concerning Google’s plans with its latest operating system. Deep research done by Ars Technica has unveiled evidence of an automobile infotainment model of the OS that is set to run directly on the processing hardware of a vehicle.
This is different from Android Auto in that it is an operating system while Android Auto is a projection standard for smartphones.
Reports that have been there before show an infotainment model of the Android OS. Coupled with ACDD’s mention on the same confirms that this type of OS usage is officially supported. Other features in the document verify that implementations by Android Automotive have the option of choosing to support a web browser and other functions, but a home button must be included.
This OS apparently presents itself with Maps apps, Phone and Music only. What still remains to be an unsolved mystery is by what range the operating system for automotives will differ from the OS versions in tablets and phones. Another feature that is yet to be clear is whether the OS will support the whole Play Store or an optimized version for cars. It is also still unknown whether any vehicle manufacturers are planning to execute such a mission.
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