While smartphones continued to get smarter and smarter, to the point where they could easily replace our laptops and computers for most use cases, the car has remained relatively dumb. Sure, there are advanced features but, the car hasn't really ever been that connected but, now that's changing thanks to better integration with mobile operating systems and much better bluetooth performance. Gone are the days when all the bluetooth in the car is good for is making calls. The problem for us Android users however, is that most new motors only play well with the iPhone and well, we just can't have that, now can we?
So, Broadcom is looking to do something about it, with the introduction of a new software stack aimed squarely at the Automotive sector. Joining the already helpful Bluedroid stack that's part of the AOSP, this Automotive Software Stack will of course be aimed at manufacturers and those responsible for the connected offerings in so many cars these days. This is a great step forward for Android on a whole, the main reason manufacturers haven't been adopting Android wholesale in their cars is because it's not as easy as it is with an iPhone. Intervention from Broadcom, a leading name in the wireless industry might help to turn this around.
Bluetooth 4.1 has also just been announced and overall, the future is looking pretty bright for Android in our cars. While end users won't see the results until some time next year, it's very nice to hear that soon, Android users will be able to enjoy the same level of integration as iOS users. Perhaps even more, given the flexible nature of Google's OS. Richard Barrett, Broadcom Director of Wireless Connectivity, had this to say about the new software stack:
"Our automotive Bluetooth software stack combines Broadcom's proven expertise in software development and widely deployed wireless connectivity with high performance profiles optimized for use in the evolving automotive environment."
The question now is, when can expect this sort of integration with Android and what would you do with it? Hit us up in the comments below or over on Google+!