Android integration to cars may be coming soon by Harmon

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With Android market just matured, it is time to move it into the car market. Harmon International Industries has just announced that it will be making products based-Android for the car infotainment market.

Automotive supplier Harman International will be introducing its latest infotainment system, which integrates the Android Open Accessory Protocol to allow users to connect their Google-powered devices through the head unit, steering wheel controls or voice commands. Additionally, it has a built-in navigation system that can be populated with apps to provide information on nearby restaurants, tourist spots or gas stations along with Facebook and Twitter apps. The Harman infotainment system is now available for automotive installations.

“Consumers no longer view their living room, workplace, and personal devices as separate domains,” said HARMAN chief executive Dinesh Paliwal. “Connectivity is fast becoming a fundamental expectation and lifestyle requirement. Consumers want to connect simply and safely in their cars, and by making this Android standard part of our OEM packages, we continue to build upon our leadership in smartphone connectivity and integration.”

Current, the Harmon protocol supports Android 3.1 running on tablets and 2.3.4 on smartphones. The Harman infotainment system is now available for automotive installations.