Google reportedly wants to drive a forthcoming release of its Android operating system right into the heart of the connected car market.
Reuters quotes sources saying that Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is building a version of its mobile operating system (OS) that could be deployed directly in cars without the need for the driver to plug in their smartphone.
The update is expected to arrive in the Android M release, which is due in around 12 months' time.
Why this matters Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Google are vying to be the operating system providers for cars that are getting connected to 4G networks. Apple presently has its CarPlay system, and Google is expecting to see its Android Auto system in cars next year. These early offerings, however, are systems that work in tandem with a smartphone for in-car apps.
The next phase for both is to build the OS platform directly into the car. This will involve changing the user interface and OS for direct in-car use.
It appears clear that Apple and Google are both working on that aim. (See Apple Global SIM Could Drive Connected Cars.)
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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading