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This week Google announced that Waze has become a Google Mobile Service (GMS) with preinstall option on mobile devices. OEMs and carriers can now preinstall the app on their handsets so that users can use Waze directly on their phones straight out of the box. It will be interesting to see how many...
American luxury car maker Lincoln (a subsidiary of Ford), has announced an integration with Now cards in the Google app offering a new notification opportunity for drivers to remotely start their vehicle. When connected via the embedded modem available on the 2015 Lincoln MKC and MKZ and coming to...
In an interview with CNET, David Singleton, Director of Engineering for Android Wear announced several updates for Google’s smart watches operating system, among them GPS support. “We’re introducing GPS support for the platform. So that's obviously only for devices that have the GPS hardware. But...
In announcing last week the names of 25 car makers who joined its Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) Google marked a milestone in the auto industry. This is clearly a huge, strategic mistake for these automotive companies who are hindering long term value for short term benefit.
Today many commentators are understanding Android Auto as a direct answer to Apple’s CarPlay. Surely it is, but this is anecdotical compared to the big picture. Here is why.
Confirming earlier rumors (read here), Google announced today that it has entered into an agreement to buy Skybox Imaging for “$500 million in cash, subject to adjustments.“ “Skybox’s satellites will help keep Google Maps accurate with up-to-date imagery. Over time, we also hope that Skybox’s team...
IDC published this week their quarterly mobile phone tracker that gives estimates about the current sales and forecasts into 2018. Worldwide smartphone shipments will reach a total of 1.2 billion units in 2014, marking a 23.1% increase from the 1.0 billion units shipped in 2013. From there, total...
Google is not a newbie in self-driving car technology, but yesterday the Mountain View company went a step further in introducing its first home-designed driverless car. The car will seat two people, propulsion will be electric, and at the start it will be limited to 25mph (40km/h) to help ensure...
Google has released yesterday a new version of Google Maps for iOS and Android. Now the turn-by-turn GPS navigation mode gives lane guidance and quick access to route overview. In navigation mode the software now simultaneously display travel time, distance, and estimated arrival. Let’s be honest,...
John Hanke is a well-known veteran of Google, for those who follow Google's geo products. Indeed Hanke sold his start-up Keyhole to the Mountain View-based company in 2004. Keyhole became the founding stone of Google Earth and Hanke ended up vice president of product management responsible of the...
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.
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