In an effort to lure developers to start making applications for smartcars, Google on Tuesday released the first Android Auto APIs. The company is letting Android developers create audio and messaging applications, and has plans to introduce more categories “in the future.” Also Read - Google Play Store announces blanket ban on Sugar Daddy apps over sexual content
To keep things simple, Google is limiting the app development to messaging and audio content for now. The company says that developers will be able to show incoming notifications on the auto dashboards, interact with messages through voice, browser music and control the audio playback. It further noted that developers will easily be able to extend the existing apps for Android 5.0 Lollipop. Also Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to office
The company insists that it has made the android apps development easy, as developers don’t have to worry about vehicle-specific hardware, among other aspects. Also Read - Fake Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) Lite APK links going viral on the internet: How to spot them
The company introduced Android Auto at the Google I/O conference in June, where it demonstrated interaction between the phone and the car. It showed a driver who was able to explore maps, perform voice searches, as well as use several phone’s basic functionalities like making a phone call and replying to text messages. The company has plans to introduce popular apps like WhatsApp, Spotify, NPR, PocketCasts, TextMe, Umano, and others to the platform soon.
Android Auto will go head-to-head with Apple’s CarPlay when it eventually launches sometime next year. Hyundai will be demonstrating Android Auto at the LA Auto Show on November 30.