At this year’s Google I/O keynote, Google announced a number of new products and services. Among them was Google’s foray into the automobile world, which complemented the announcement of the Open Automotive Alliance back in January. Google’s pitch, aptly entitled Android Auto, aims to streamline the experience between your car and your handheld in addition to providing easy handsfree usage. Android Auto requires you to plug your compatible Android device into your car, and then brings up a voice controlled interface with common in-car actions such as navigation and music. However, it could be quite a ways off with Android Auto enabled cars expected “sometime this year.”
Fortunately, XDA Forum Member CdRsKuLL has eased the wait in the form of Digital Car, an app that aims to emulate the Android Auto experience by using your tablet as a screen. Digital Car provides the expected actions such as music and navigation control, further augmented by the presence of features such as power and media awareness, customizable favorites and wallpapers and a nifty, easy-to-access implementation of the app drawer. All of this combines to make Android much more car-friendly in advance of Android Auto’s formal release.
Head on over to the Digital Cars application thread to get started with the app and experience the wonders of Android in a car._________
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