After announcing Android’s Open Accessory Protocol at this year’s Google I/O, techies around the world began brainstorming the integration possibilities of smartphones and tablets into even more of our everyday devices. Harman has now become the first major technology partner within the automotive industry to offer the new connectivity standard, which will allow users to seamlessly sync their smartphone or tablet to their vehicle. This will allow easily access to music, movie or navigation apps through the car’s dashboard or steering wheel controls.
Harman has been known for its adoption of several technology platforms, having no bias towards any major manufacturer. Their products are known to sync seamlessly with Apple’s iOS, RIM’s Blackberry platform and Nokia’s existing mobile systems. Android’s integration will be offered across all Harman infotainment platforms.
With the Android Open Accessory Protocol, drivers will be able to safely start their music apps through voice activation or steering wheel controls; built-in navigation systems will benefit from popular apps to discover nearby points-of-interests, while passengers will benefit from streaming content to their entertainment devices in the rear seats.
The Accessory Protocol is built into Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet devices and any Android smartphone running 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) or later.