Android, having conquered the world of smartphones, is fast becoming the OS of choice for anything with a screen. Android Everywhere! Be it tablets, watches, or TVs, Google has already stepped up the Android game. Has it a screen? It probably runs android
The core Android platform is open source, easy to develop on, and most importantly, widely compatible. There are no product licensing shenanigans, no hunt for multiple hardware, and a supportive developer community. Companies today, are now inclined to use Android for applications other than the typical Google-suggested ones. We are fast moving into a user-friendly world with Android everywhere.
While Windows is vastly popular among consumers, sadly it is not a free or open source software. Android itself is Linux-based, but opting for non-Android Linux OS is again depreciated because of the lack of touch control. Android, thus, majorly outshines any alternative choices for companies. The only possible downside to using Android, as with the phones, is updates and security.
Now that Android has been established as the OS of choice, let us delve into its many forms today.
“In many ways, our cars keep us connected to the physical worlds around us, but they remain disconnected from our other devices in our digital lives.“
This was back in Google I/O developer conference in mid-2014 when Patrick Brady announced Android Auto. Back then, aside from basic Bluetooth connections and a smattering of proprietary manufacturer systems, there was very little for smartphone users to enjoy in the car.
The scenario changed rapidly with the advent of Open Automotive Alliance in 2014. Google aimed at collaborating with automobile companies over a common platform to make technology in cars safer, seamless and intuitive. In keeping with their initial vision, Google showed off a concept “car” version of Android at I/O 2016, representing Android Auto taken to the next level.
The concept is simple. The phone connects to the car’s infotainment system. Android Auto itself actually resides on the handset, with the output sent to the car’s display. It’s commonly referred to as “casting,” a bit like Google’s Chromecast. This means that updates are to be done on the phone, and not on the vehicle.