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Kia and Hyundai Reportedly Testing Android-Powered Entertainment Consoles

by Todd Haselton | October 24, 2013October 24, 2013 11:00 pm PST

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Kia and Hyundai are testing in-car entertainment systems that are powered by Android AVN (audio, video, navigation), ETNews said Thursday.

It wouldn’t be a first for Android, there are several third-party options available from companies such as Ca-Fi and Parrot, though these would be the first manufacturers we can think of that ship cars from the factory with the OS on board. Mobile operating systems, such as BlackBerry QNX, have been used to power in-car consoles before. QNX was the foundation for BlackBerry 10. Tesla, meanwhile, uses a custom version of Linux with a Web Kit web browser.

Android will launch in the Hyundai Genesis and the Kia Soul by the end of this year, ET News said, though it did not say if either car company will offer optional connected services with U.S. wireless carriers. Android will reportedly roll out in every new car manufactured by both firms next year, and will launch with a custom App Store.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...