It’s google vs ap­ple ( again)

Australian T3 - - TECHMOBILES -

We’re all ca­su­al­ties of the great smart­phone and tablet for­mat war, but pre­pare yourself for a re-run in the next car you buy. While the mo­tor­ing com­mu­nity is agreed that in-car tech needs to sync seam­lessly with your other gear, there’s not yet any con­sen­sus over what op­er­at­ing sys­tem to run. Google first an­nounced its Open An­droid Al­liance in Jan­uary this year, a part­ner­ship be­tween it­self and fel­low tech firm Nvidia with Gen­eral Mo­tors, Honda, Audi and Hyundai all signed up. It aims to get cars boast­ing full An­droid in­te­gra­tion on our roads by the end of this year.

Ap­ple, char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally, has been less for­ward about its plans be­yond say­ing it has some. So far, iOS in­te­gra­tion has sim­ply meant iPhone sync­ing via Blue­tooth, but last year Ap­ple an­nounced iOS in the Car – catchily ab­bre­vi­ated to iOSitC – and filed a patent for in-ve­hi­cle nav­i­ga­tion and a “dig­i­tal dash”. Un­of­fi­cial videos of iOS run­ning on in-car dis­plays are on­line, and ru­mours of a part­ner­ship with a ma­jor car player are rife. Watch this space.

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