Jun 25 AT 1:03 PM Dima Aryeh 8 Comments

Google announces Android Auto, a new in-car system that uses your Android phone

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In-car entertainment systems are known to be subpar compared to the smartphone in your pocket. Not only are they often slower and more poorly designed, but they’re far more expensive too. Google is looking to change that with Android Auto, the companies newly announced in-car system that will rely on your phone.

This system is based on Google Now, implementing heavy voice control to keep your hands operating the vehicle. It’ll have navigation, Google Play Music, messaging, and as you’d expect from Android, third party support. A few companies like Spotify, Pandora, and MLB.TV are already on board with Android Auto.

Cars with this system should be coming sometime early next year, though no brands were announced. But thanks to the Open Automotive Alliance, Google already has quite a few partners lined up. And the faster your smartphone is, the better the experience will be in your car. Since this uses no processing hardware of its own, and relies on your phone to operate, the experience will be based directly on how nice your phone is.

As a car guy, I’m really excited to see what Google can do with Android Auto. Car entertainment systems are never good enough, and my phone is already docked in my car all the time, so why not sync it to the car’s system? Hopefully there will be 3rd party car audio decks with Android Auto support so older cars can get in on the fun.

Source: The Verge

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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  • Jason

    “Hopefully there will be 3rd party car audio decks with Android Auto support so older cars can get in on the fun.”

    Yes, please. I don’t plan on buying a new car any time soon, but I might be tempted to add this to my current car.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      Exactly, I’m a fan of older cars. Just picked up a 2000 Toyota MR2 yesterday, and I’d definitely consider throwing in a double DIN Android Auto deck!

    • thel0nerang3r

      I would expect 3rd party decks to appear before built in systems.

  • surethom

    Hopefully this will eventually with wirelessly, I thought we were moving away from cables??

    • thel0nerang3r

      I guess they could go blutooth, but having a cable would charge your phone. Wireless would be nice, but would also need to have wireless charging build into the car.

  • seth

    I hope they make an android auto app for those of us who have installed tablets in our dash. Nexus 7 2013=best car stereo receiver ever.

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    Located deep inside of the BMW N62 motor is a Coolant Transfer Pipe, which carries antifreeze from the Water Pump to cooling chambers within the engine. However, the Front Seal on this Cooling Tube can fail in as little as 40,000 miles, and start leaking antifreeze from the engine block, through a weep hole in the Timing Chain Cover. When this happens, the car will lose antifreeze from the engine, and the engine will overheat. This is a very common problem and some customers wanted a BMW recall of these effected cars.
    In the past, this has been a very expensive repair because it required disassembly of the engine, in order to access the leaking Cooling Pipe Seal. The original method of replacing the crossover Coolant Transfer Pipe required the removal of the Timing Chain Cover. This repair could cost $6,000 or more at the BMW Dealer.
    Then, an after-market Collapsible Coolant Pipe was developed to save time and money on this repair. This Collapsible Coolant Pipe method involves removing the Intake Manifold, cutting out the old Coolant Pipe and installing the after-market Collapsible ( aka Expandable ) Coolant Pipe. But even this method required many hours of shop labor and expensive parts and supplies. The repair bill for this method can still cost between $1,500.00 and $2,500.00 to remove the Intake Manifold, cut out the old Coolant Pipe and install the new Collapsible Coolant Pipe.
    However, BimmerFix Products Co. has discovered a BREAKTHROUGH system to stop the leak! The BimmerFix method is much faster and less expensive than these old methods. This simple, yet durable and long lasting method inserts the BimmerFix Stent into the leaking crossover cooling tube, through the Timing Chain Cover. The thin aluminum sleeve creates a long lasting repair that is much easier and less expensive to install than the old repair methods.
    The cost of the complete BimmerFix Coolant Pipe Repair Kit is only $159.00, and includes free shipping if you are located the USA and a LIFE-TIME MONEYBACK GUARANTEE! (see BimmerFix.com for details). World-wide shipping is available at an extra cost. In addition, the Kit is easy to install, and can be installed by a do-it-yourself vehicle owner who can replace a water pump.
    The new BimmerFix Stent will stop the Coolant Pipe leak, and only requires the removal of the Water Pump. This new patent protected invention can save YOU or your customer’s time, hassle, and thousands of dollars. It works or your money back! Go to BimmerFix.com .
    Save time and money! Take a look at http://www.BimmerFix.com.
    Watch The Video! You will be glad you did! http://youtu.be/UABuZYvI3SM
    Feel free to call me with any questions that you may have at 1-520-544-4400.
    Thanks for your time!
    Jeff Reed
    Inventor & Owner
    BimmerFix Products Co.
    Tucson, Arizona, USA

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    BimmerFixProducts@gmail.com
    1-520-544-4400

  • BMW collapsing pipe

    Subject; 2001 — 2010 BMW N62 V8 Coolant Pipe Repair Kit
    Hello,
    My name is Jeff Reed, I am writing to tell you about a new BREAKTHROUGH method I have invented for repairing a leaking Coolant Transfer Pipe in the BMW N62 V8 engine block using the BimmerFix Stent. The N62 V8 is a popular BMW engine that was used in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, in such fabulous vehicles as the BMW 735i & 735Li ( E65 & E66 ) 740i & 740Li ( E65 & E66), 745i & 745Li ( E65 & E66 ), 750i & 750Li ( E65 & E66 ), 645Ci & 650i ( E63 & E64 ) , 540i ( E60 & E60 ), 540i 545i & 550i ( E60 & E61 ), and the X5 ( E53 & E70 ) SUV.
    Located deep inside of the BMW N62 motor is a Coolant Transfer Pipe, which carries antifreeze from the Water Pump to cooling chambers within the engine. However, the Front Seal on this Cooling Tube can fail in as little as 40,000 miles, and start leaking antifreeze from the engine block, through a weep hole in the Timing Chain Cover. When this happens, the car will lose antifreeze from the engine, and the engine will overheat. This is a very common problem and some customers wanted a BMW recall of these effected cars.
    In the past, this has been a very expensive repair because it required disassembly of the engine, in order to access the leaking Cooling Pipe Seal. The original method of replacing the crossover Coolant Transfer Pipe required the removal of the Timing Chain Cover. This repair could cost $6,000 or more at the BMW Dealer.
    Then, an after-market Collapsible Coolant Pipe was developed to save time and money on this repair. This Collapsible Coolant Pipe method involves removing the Intake Manifold, cutting out the old Coolant Pipe and installing the after-market Collapsible ( aka Expandable ) Coolant Pipe. But even this method required many hours of shop labor and expensive parts and supplies. The repair bill for this method can still cost between $1,500.00 and $2,500.00 to remove the Intake Manifold, cut out the old Coolant Pipe and install the new Collapsible Coolant Pipe.
    However, BimmerFix Products Co. has discovered a BREAKTHROUGH system to stop the leak! The BimmerFix method is much faster and less expensive than these old methods. This simple, yet durable and long lasting method inserts the BimmerFix Stent into the leaking crossover cooling tube, through the Timing Chain Cover. The thin aluminum sleeve creates a long lasting repair that is much easier and less expensive to install than the old repair methods.
    The cost of the complete BimmerFix Coolant Pipe Repair Kit is only $159.00, and includes free shipping if you are located the USA and a LIFE-TIME MONEYBACK GUARANTEE! (see BimmerFix.com for details). World-wide shipping is available at an extra cost. In addition, the Kit is easy to install, and can be installed by a do-it-yourself vehicle owner who can replace a water pump.
    The new BimmerFix Stent will stop the Coolant Pipe leak, and only requires the removal of the Water Pump. This new patent protected invention can save YOU or your customer’s time, hassle, and thousands of dollars. It works or your money back! Go to BimmerFix.com .
    Save time and money! Take a look at http://www.BimmerFix.com.
    Watch The Video! You will be glad you did! http://youtu.be/UABuZYvI3SM
    Feel free to call me with any questions that you may have at 1-520-544-4400.
    Thanks for your time!
    Jeff Reed
    Inventor & Owner
    BimmerFix Products Co.
    Tucson, Arizona, USA

    BimmerFix.com
    BimmerFixProducts@gmail.com
    1-520-544-4400

  1. JasonGuest 11 months ago

    “Hopefully there will be 3rd party car audio decks with Android Auto support so older cars can get in on the fun.”

    Yes, please. I don’t plan on buying a new car any time soon, but I might be tempted to add this to my current car.

    • Exactly, I’m a fan of older cars. Just picked up a 2000 Toyota MR2 yesterday, and I’d definitely consider throwing in a double DIN Android Auto deck!

    • I would expect 3rd party decks to appear before built in systems.

  2. Hopefully this will eventually with wirelessly, I thought we were moving away from cables??

    • I guess they could go blutooth, but having a cable would charge your phone. Wireless would be nice, but would also need to have wireless charging build into the car.

  3. sethGuest 11 months ago

    I hope they make an android auto app for those of us who have installed tablets in our dash. Nexus 7 2013=best car stereo receiver ever.

  4. BMW weep holeGuest 8 months ago

    Hello,
    My name is Jeff Reed, I am writing to tell you about a new BREAKTHROUGH method I have invented for repairing a leaking Coolant Transfer Pipe in the BMW N62 V8 engine block using the BimmerFix Stent. The N62 V8 is a popular BMW engine that was used in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, in such fabulous vehicles as the BMW 735i & 735Li ( E65 & E66 ) 740i & 740Li ( E65 & E66), 745i & 745Li ( E65 & E66 ), 750i & 750Li ( E65 & E66 ), 645Ci & 650i ( E63 & E64 ) , 540i ( E60 & E60 ), 540i 545i & 550i ( E60 & E61 ), and the X5 ( E53 & E70 ) SUV.
    Located deep inside of the BMW N62 motor is a Coolant Transfer Pipe, which carries antifreeze from the Water Pump to cooling chambers within the engine. However, the Front Seal on this Cooling Tube can fail in as little as 40,000 miles, and start leaking antifreeze from the engine block, through a weep hole in the Timing Chain Cover. When this happens, the car will lose antifreeze from the engine, and the engine will overheat. This is a very common problem and some customers wanted a BMW recall of these effected cars.
    In the past, this has been a very expensive repair because it required disassembly of the engine, in order to access the leaking Cooling Pipe Seal. The original method of replacing the crossover Coolant Transfer Pipe required the removal of the Timing Chain Cover. This repair could cost $6,000 or more at the BMW Dealer.
    Then, an after-market Collapsible Coolant Pipe was developed to save time and money on this repair. This Collapsible Coolant Pipe method involves removing the Intake Manifold, cutting out the old Coolant Pipe and installing the after-market Collapsible ( aka Expandable ) Coolant Pipe. But even this method required many hours of shop labor and expensive parts and supplies. The repair bill for this method can still cost between $1,500.00 and $2,500.00 to remove the Intake Manifold, cut out the old Coolant Pipe and install the new Collapsible Coolant Pipe.
    However, BimmerFix Products Co. has discovered a BREAKTHROUGH system to stop the leak! The BimmerFix method is much faster and less expensive than these old methods. This simple, yet durable and long lasting method inserts the BimmerFix Stent into the leaking crossover cooling tube, through the Timing Chain Cover. The thin aluminum sleeve creates a long lasting repair that is much easier and less expensive to install than the old repair methods.
    The cost of the complete BimmerFix Coolant Pipe Repair Kit is only $159.00, and includes free shipping if you are located the USA and a LIFE-TIME MONEYBACK GUARANTEE! (see BimmerFix.com for details). World-wide shipping is available at an extra cost. In addition, the Kit is easy to install, and can be installed by a do-it-yourself vehicle owner who can replace a water pump.
    The new BimmerFix Stent will stop the Coolant Pipe leak, and only requires the removal of the Water Pump. This new patent protected invention can save YOU or your customer’s time, hassle, and thousands of dollars. It works or your money back! Go to BimmerFix.com .
    Save time and money! Take a look at http://www.BimmerFix.com.
    Watch The Video! You will be glad you did! http://youtu.be/UABuZYvI3SM
    Feel free to call me with any questions that you may have at 1-520-544-4400.
    Thanks for your time!
    Jeff Reed
    Inventor & Owner
    BimmerFix Products Co.
    Tucson, Arizona, USA

    BimmerFix.com
    BimmerFixProducts@gmail.com
    1-520-544-4400

  5. BMW collapsing pipeGuest 8 months ago

    Subject; 2001 — 2010 BMW N62 V8 Coolant Pipe Repair Kit
    Hello,
    My name is Jeff Reed, I am writing to tell you about a new BREAKTHROUGH method I have invented for repairing a leaking Coolant Transfer Pipe in the BMW N62 V8 engine block using the BimmerFix Stent. The N62 V8 is a popular BMW engine that was used in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, in such fabulous vehicles as the BMW 735i & 735Li ( E65 & E66 ) 740i & 740Li ( E65 & E66), 745i & 745Li ( E65 & E66 ), 750i & 750Li ( E65 & E66 ), 645Ci & 650i ( E63 & E64 ) , 540i ( E60 & E60 ), 540i 545i & 550i ( E60 & E61 ), and the X5 ( E53 & E70 ) SUV.
    Located deep inside of the BMW N62 motor is a Coolant Transfer Pipe, which carries antifreeze from the Water Pump to cooling chambers within the engine. However, the Front Seal on this Cooling Tube can fail in as little as 40,000 miles, and start leaking antifreeze from the engine block, through a weep hole in the Timing Chain Cover. When this happens, the car will lose antifreeze from the engine, and the engine will overheat. This is a very common problem and some customers wanted a BMW recall of these effected cars.
    In the past, this has been a very expensive repair because it required disassembly of the engine, in order to access the leaking Cooling Pipe Seal. The original method of replacing the crossover Coolant Transfer Pipe required the removal of the Timing Chain Cover. This repair could cost $6,000 or more at the BMW Dealer.
    Then, an after-market Collapsible Coolant Pipe was developed to save time and money on this repair. This Collapsible Coolant Pipe method involves removing the Intake Manifold, cutting out the old Coolant Pipe and installing the after-market Collapsible ( aka Expandable ) Coolant Pipe. But even this method required many hours of shop labor and expensive parts and supplies. The repair bill for this method can still cost between $1,500.00 and $2,500.00 to remove the Intake Manifold, cut out the old Coolant Pipe and install the new Collapsible Coolant Pipe.
    However, BimmerFix Products Co. has discovered a BREAKTHROUGH system to stop the leak! The BimmerFix method is much faster and less expensive than these old methods. This simple, yet durable and long lasting method inserts the BimmerFix Stent into the leaking crossover cooling tube, through the Timing Chain Cover. The thin aluminum sleeve creates a long lasting repair that is much easier and less expensive to install than the old repair methods.
    The cost of the complete BimmerFix Coolant Pipe Repair Kit is only $159.00, and includes free shipping if you are located the USA and a LIFE-TIME MONEYBACK GUARANTEE! (see BimmerFix.com for details). World-wide shipping is available at an extra cost. In addition, the Kit is easy to install, and can be installed by a do-it-yourself vehicle owner who can replace a water pump.
    The new BimmerFix Stent will stop the Coolant Pipe leak, and only requires the removal of the Water Pump. This new patent protected invention can save YOU or your customer’s time, hassle, and thousands of dollars. It works or your money back! Go to BimmerFix.com .
    Save time and money! Take a look at http://www.BimmerFix.com.
    Watch The Video! You will be glad you did! http://youtu.be/UABuZYvI3SM
    Feel free to call me with any questions that you may have at 1-520-544-4400.
    Thanks for your time!
    Jeff Reed
    Inventor & Owner
    BimmerFix Products Co.
    Tucson, Arizona, USA

    BimmerFix.com
    BimmerFixProducts@gmail.com
    1-520-544-4400