Android's Car Home App Gains Customization Tools
Google today updated the Car Home application in Android, which now allows users to customize the lay-out of application. Car Home, which works when an Android phone is docked in a car, simplifies the menu structure and provides large on-screen icons, making it easier to interact with an Android device when driving a vehicle. Users can now change the short cuts that appear on-screen when Car Home is running, as well as rearrange the lay-out of the shortcuts. Google has also made it possible for Android phones to launch into Car Home mode whenever they are paired with a Bluetooth headset. Other changes include the ability to add custom wallpaper behind the Car Home menu, and better tools for developers to make their own applications and services compatible with Car Home. The new version of Car Home is a free download from the Android Market, and requires Android 2.2.
Review: Logitech ZeroTouch Car Mount
The Logitech ZeroTouch car phone holder brings the power of Amazon's Alexa to your car. The ZeroTouch combines a car mount, mobile app, and Alexa so you can not only make calls and send texts, but access your smarthome settings safely from behind the wheel.
Android Auto Hits the Play Store for Lollipop Phones
Google today made Android Auto, its platform for connecting to car-based infotainment systems, available as an app in the Play Store. With the app and compatible car, Android smartphone owners will be able to access navigation, calls and messaging, Google Search, and their music through the car's screen rather than their phone.
Android Auto Can Now Navigate with Waze
Google today made Waze available within Android Auto. The new integration means those who prefer Waze to Google Maps can take advantage of Waze via their car's in-dash infotainment center.
Android Auto to Benefit from Android N Features
Google offered a few details on what the future holds for Android Auto. The platform will be expanded thanks to Android N.
T-Mobile's SyncUP Drive Creates In-Car Hotspot
T-Mobile today introduced the SyncUP Drive, a plug-in device for cars that provides connectivity as well as safety and analytics tools. The SyncUP Drive plugs into most cars' OBD-II port and can be used to generate an in-car, rolling hotspot for keeping WiFi devices connected through T-Mobile's LTE network.