Back in May, Google announced the Android Open Accessory Protocol which allows external USB hardware to interact with an Android-powered device in a special “accessory” mode.
Harman announced today that they will be the first major technology partner in the automotive industry to support this protocol. Harman manufactures and markets audio under brands like Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, and Mark Levinson.
With the Open Accessory Protocol, users will be able to seamlessly control Android smartphone or tablet content through the car’s dashboard or steering wheel controls. Drivers will be able to safely activate music apps, such as Harman’s Aha Radio service. Popular apps that provide information on nearby restaurants, gas stations and tourist spots will have the ability to overlay on to the existing navigation software. Drivers can also stream content to other devices like rear seat entertainment units.
“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.”
The Open Accessory Protocol supports devices with Android 3.0+ and 2.3.4+. Hit the break for the full presser.
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