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This week at the Geneva Motor Show Apple unveiled CarPlay, its technology to emulate iPhone apps on a car screen. This announcement has been seen by many as an answer to Google that announced at the CES show in January its Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), “committed to bringing the Android platform to cars starting in 2014.“
But understanding these announcements as a frontal competition between Apple and Google in the automotive industry is a misunderstanding of the long term goals of the two American companies. Here is why.
Mercedes is showing up its new C-Class with Apple’s CarPlay at the Geneva Motor Show, however the German premium car maker is willing to offer an equal treatment to all smartphones. “As soon as Google brings its own in-car infotainment system to market, Mercedes-Benz customers will also be able to...
After some rumors last week, Apple finally officially announced CarPlay, a software that enables some native iOS applications in the car. Vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will premiere CarPlay at the Geneva Motor Show starting this week. CarPlay allows iPhone users to make calls, use...
Mobile shopping app provider Shopkick last week said that its own flavour of iBeacon - Apple's Bluetooth Low Energy presence system - shopBeacon is currently live in a closed beta trial at two Macy’s locations, inNew York and San Francisco. “ShopBeacon can welcome a shopper when she enters a store...
According to ComScore Apple Maps has reached 25.6 percent smartphone app audience (38 million users) in the United States in September 2013 while Google Maps is down to 43 percent - 63.6 million users (across iOS and Android platforms) in the third quarter 2013. Comparatively, in the three months...
Last week when Apple unveiled their latest devices it also announced M7, a co-processor that handles motion sensors, which means better performance for indoor geo-location. M7 indeed continuously measures the data coming from the accelerometer, the gyroscope, and the compass. Developers then have...
As reported by the North American tech blogosphere at the end of last week, Apple has acquired two new companies: Locationary and HopStop to help in their mapping efforts. Locationary is a Canadian start-up that helps companies manage heterogeneous business location data sources. Its cloud service...
Almost half of all smartphones sold in Europe are a Samsung according to sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the three months ended May 2013. As a result Android market share in EU 5 (Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain) is up from 61.3% a year ago to 70.4%, against 17.8% for...
Today Apple introduced the new version (iOS 7) of their mobile operating system that will offer a replication interface customized for an in-car touchscreen. Phone, Music, Navigation, and messages (iMessage) are the first apps that will be available through the interface. Apple has not indicated if...
A few weeks ago GPS Business News interviewed with Marcel van der Heijden, vice president business development EMEA at indoo.rs, an Austria-based provider of indoor location technologies. Marcel van der Heijden is also a Partner in Speedinvest, a venture capital firm that invested in indoo.rs. GPS...
Last week Apple posted on its career website seven jobs of “Maps Ground Truth managers“; one on each continent with the mission to manage a regional team responsible for the quality of the local Apple map. According to Apple’s post: “each Team’s responsibilities include: Testing new releases of map...
Neustar Localeze and 15miles, helped by Comscore have published today the Sixth Annual comScore Local Search Usage Study that gives a wealth of details about the state of the customer usage in terms of local search. It also shows the winners and losers in this market. It is very interesting to see...
According to the Wall Street Journal, later confirmed by Apple itself, indoor location technology start-up WIFISLAM has been acquired by the Cupertino company. The price of the transaction is rumored to be in the range of $20 million. WIFISLAM was created in December 2010 and its technology first...
JVC Mobile Entertainment released today in the United States a range of multimedia in-car head units that integrates the MirrorLink technology that replicates smartphone content onto their screens. JVC Receivers KW-NSX1, KW-NSX600, and KW-NSX700 are compatible with Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy...
Google today released its own mapping application for iOS 6, available for free on the App Store, which within hours found the top ranking spot in the free category on iTunes all over the world. The app offers the well know Google maps data with vector maps as well as turn-by-turn navigation. The...
One of the missing features of the well known new version of Apple Maps is routing for pedestrian and public transports. The Nokia HERE app released this week for iOS is a great solution to that problem. Not only it offers to route the user from A to B via pedestrian paths and public transports but...
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