Report – Next-gen GM infotainment system to run on Android OS


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Will be different from Android Auto.

It was always a matter of time and it has now been confirmed that General Motors will adopt an Android-enabled navigation and entertainment system for its end-2016 models. The world’s third largest automobile manufacturer, in terms of sales, has issued a $900 million (Rs 5,534 crore) contract to systems provider Harman.

GM Android-Enabled navigation system
GM’s supplier Harman will also supply similar Android-enabled systems for other manufacturers.

The report quotes Harman CEO Dinesh Paliwal who states that the company has worked closely with Google to develop these systems. The implementation, he said, had to be made “automotive-grade ready.”

Harman has also bagged contracts to supply similar Android-enabled systems to other manufacturers but it will, Paliwal says, be one-generation behind GM’s systems. Android’s source code is open and available for all.

The new Android-enabled device will also feature access to an app store where apps developed by GM, Harman and other third parties – including Apple and Google – will be available for use.

2015 Volvo XC90 Android Auto press shot
Android Auto is seen on the new Volvo XC90.

The only app presently developed by Apple for Android is the Beats music app, the continuity of which – the report says – has been put in doubt after the recent acquisition of Beats by Apple.

It must be noted that Android-enabled systems will be different from the present Android Auto launched earlier in 2014.

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