Oct 24 AT 11:47 AM Dima Aryeh 7 Comments

Tesla Model S getting Chrome browser, might get Android emulator

Tesla Model S interior

For many of us, the Tesla Model S is the pinnacle of automotive engineering. This full electric car has an amazing range of 300 miles, more than many older economy sedans. It also features a massive 17-inch touchscreen in the center console that controls pretty much everything in the car. Calling it impressive is an understatement.

But what’s next for the in car entertainment system? Those 17 inches of screen real estate would be squandered by any other automotive company lacking inspiration, but Tesla has bigger plans. In an interview, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the company is still working on the interface, getting it ready for other countries with language localization. And after that, they have some ambitious plans.

First up is integrating Google Chrome browser into the system. With the system being based on Linux, this shouldn’t be difficult as Chrome runs on Linux as it is. Tesla also might add a full Android emulator, allowing you to run Android apps in windows. That would be awesome for things like Yelp, Torque, and other apps that may not be included in the stock interface.

I know not many people have the Model S, but I’m sure that Tesla will continue to sell more and more cars, especially as they get cheaper. And with Android support possibly coming next year, Android fans will have something to play with! Watch the interview with Elon Musk, or skip to 37:00 to hear the part about Android and Chrome.

Source: Droid-Life

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • sandwich

    Cue the inevitable line of “My other Android is a Tesla” stickers.

  • vforvortex

    Tesla is doing everything right in my book so far. Waiting on their Gen 3 car to arrive in 2016-2017. They are even looking at integrating autonomous driving in it similar to the google car tech.

  • thekaz

    oo! my dream car just got dreamier!

  • _AjD

    Does this mean I could perhaps win one for Christmas perhaps in a 25 days of Tegra :)

  • SGB101

    I want my car to be less smart, and just have a blutooth connection, with a wifi charging holder. So whatever phone I have is the centre of my av connotations center. And it would always be up to date, and would be another data billI dont even want a radio.

    I have a 2005 car, and an old ‘parrot’ set up, sadly it doesn’t do media, by does hands free calling perfectly.

    • Weapon

      Since Tesla is emulating android on top of Linux, there is little reason for it not to always be up to date. It can do bluetooth and wifi. The Model S even has an option where you can hotspot your phone to the car so you don’t need to pay another bill for data, the car would use your cellphone data.

      There is nothing wrong with a smart car, as long as it gives you the options of using whatever you want and how every you want it.

  • donger
  1. Cue the inevitable line of “My other Android is a Tesla” stickers.

  2. Tesla is doing everything right in my book so far. Waiting on their Gen 3 car to arrive in 2016-2017. They are even looking at integrating autonomous driving in it similar to the google car tech.

  3. oo! my dream car just got dreamier!

  4. Does this mean I could perhaps win one for Christmas perhaps in a 25 days of Tegra :)

  5. I want my car to be less smart, and just have a blutooth connection, with a wifi charging holder. So whatever phone I have is the centre of my av connotations center. And it would always be up to date, and would be another data billI dont even want a radio.

    I have a 2005 car, and an old ‘parrot’ set up, sadly it doesn’t do media, by does hands free calling perfectly.

    • WeaponGuest 2 years ago

      Since Tesla is emulating android on top of Linux, there is little reason for it not to always be up to date. It can do bluetooth and wifi. The Model S even has an option where you can hotspot your phone to the car so you don’t need to pay another bill for data, the car would use your cellphone data.

      There is nothing wrong with a smart car, as long as it gives you the options of using whatever you want and how every you want it.