Google has plans to release a new version of Android that will be directly built into cars, getting rid of the need to pair the car’s infotainment system with a smartphone for a user to access features, reports Reuters. This is a big move from Google’s current Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay, which require a phone to be connected to stream music, access maps, and more. 

The feature is said to be included in the next version of Android – expected to be Android M – that will be released in 2015. Of course Google is still remaining quiet on details, but it looks like Google wants to put its services in front of drivers every time they turn on their cars. Think about that – if you have a car that can connect to the internet, you’ll never be escaping the search giant’s feature set.

Specific car companies haven’t been named, but it’s assumed to include the same list that Android Auto has: Acura, Audi, Chevy, Chrysler, Ford, Kia, and the rest of the big names.

It still sounds like Android Auto will debut in early 2015; we’ll probably hear more at CES 2015 in June. However it looks like next fall we can see Google working to take over the auto industry with Android M.


  • Vince Reedy

    Yay malware in my car

    • Stop complaining! This is a feature not a bug 😉

      • Vince Reedy

        My bad

  • Ray Pereyra

    Thanks but no thanks.

    • Manjot Singh

      not yet atleast
      maybe a few more years

  • Casey

    This is brilliant. Now when my car is five years old I’ll be stuck with a five-year-old version of Android that nothing supports anymore. Passengers will grimace when I try to use the GPS reature and offer ip their superior phones and tablets instead. Then I’ll need to trade in the car early, and the depreciation will be greater due to the technology. Or the stealership will charge me $2000 to upgrade.

    No thanks, I’d rather keep the car and upgrade my device from time to time. The decoupled nature is what makes CarPlay awesome.

    • Dan

      could be worse, if it were Apple, you’d get the most recent iOS version and your car would start going slower

      • Casey

        So, like every other O/S maker in existence, Apple’s newer releases do more and incur more overhead than previous (yes, Android upgrades slow things down too). What is your point? With CarPlay, you can always upgrade your phone for faster response, without touching the car’s system at all. Not that that either would affect engine performance anyways.

      • Dan

        I was joking in response to the overly negative comment.

      • Except, that’s BS. Windows 7/Windows 8 (http://bit ly/1v3snJz) and Android KitKat/Android Lollipop (http://bit ly/1v3vpxI) require less or the same system resources as their predecessors, only Apple’s new OSs demand more. Nice try in making a point though…

      • Casey

        Windows 8 is slower and larger than Windows 7. Windows 7 was somewhat better than Vista but not XP or anything earlier. Mountain Lion was also bettter than Lion, so my point remains true. Occasional exceptions exist but overall, operating systems grow over time, period.

      • Making claims with nothing to back them up is pointless…your point holds no water.

  • 9to5Slavery

    Git my car high jacked frim someb0dy in nurth corea.

  • MereUser

    Sounds kool… But lets c how that works