Audi to Announce Android Car at CES

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Audi will announce at CES next week that it is working with Google to develop Android-based in-car entertainment systems, reports The Wall Street Journal,

Google is creating a rival to Apple’s iOS in the Car, according to several reports.  Apple said its system will be available starting in 2014, with commitments from a dozen auto makers.

But while iOS in the Car uses the iPhone as the main “brain” of the car radio system, Android will be built into the car radio systems, said the WSJ, quoting sources familiar with the matter.

The EE Times also reported two weeks ago that Google will announce at CES, its own version of iOS in the Car and that it will also announce a consortium to create standards for “Android in the Car.”

As EE Times said, “The fireworks are about to begin,” as Google and Apple will face off in a contest to create a simple but powerful radio system for connecting to smartphones and using apps in the car.

iOS in the Car is expected to be available in half of all cars world wide by 2018, according to ABI Research

Source: The Wall Street Journal, EE Times

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