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It’s no real surprise, but automotive manufacturers are turning into incorporating apps into their infotainment systems and it appears that General Motors wants to be the first to trademark the words “App Shop” and “Appshop” for their Chevy MyLink system.
The filing for the trademark was described in the following way:
“Computer software to manage connectivity of downloaded software applications with motor land vehicle electric, information and entertainment systems.”
In addition to, “Online retail platform featuring computer software to manage connectivity of downloaded software applications with motor land vehicle electric, information and entertainment systems.”
The Chevy MyLink system is being incorporated in the 2012 Equinox, 2013 Malibu, Volt, Spark, and Sonic. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see a majority of automotive manufacturers to be employing an app store of some sort in their infotainment systems in the years to come, given how popular the word “apps” has become over the last few years.
[Source: GM Authority]
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is supposed to be the most high-tech car in Chevy’s lineup. And in order to compete with Ford’s Sync, it’s going to be the car that debuts GM’s new MyLink infotainment system.
MyLink will be a touchscreen that features voice activation, Pandora Internet, Stitcher and XM satellite radios, hands-free dialing, USB and MP3 input, and Bluetooth—the sorts of features consumers not only expect these days, but are used to.
The system seems relatively fast and easy to understand, thanks to its 7-inch touchscreen. Consumers can get their hands on MyLink starting next spring, when the new Malibu debuts. Click the jump to see it in action.
Cadillac is getting ready to reveal a new infotainment system, and while details are tightly under wraps, the system is expected to be introduced in its 2013 models. Some sources have claimed that the luxury brands infotainment system is far more advanced then what BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Audi has to offer.
With Ford having difficulties with its MyFordTouch (available on its Lincoln products), it’s likely that Cadillac may offer a simplified system that uses more intuitive physical controls rather than a touch screen system. Hyundai has opted for this setup on their Equus luxury sedan, and it has won praise from critics and consumers alike.
[Source: CarTech Blog]
GM’s MyLink, available starting with the 2012 Chevrolet Volt and Equinox, will offer smartphone charging, Pandora radio streaming, GraceNote music identification, Bluetooth, XM satellite radio, voice activation, OnStar, and USB inputs, in case listening to drive-time radio is too crushing for commuters.
The MyLink comes hot on the heels of Ford’s SYNC as an inevitable comparison. But unlike the SYNC, MyLink includes the full power of GM’s OnStar behind it, for starters. It will also come with Powermat charging for the smartphones that you won’t need to fiddle with once behind the wheel. And, uh, that’s about it. Functionality between the two infotainment systems is remarkably similar otherwise, which makes you wish that GM had introduced this earlier.
The MyLink includes a 7″ full-color touchscreen standard, which controls climate control and navigation operations. The first GM cars that will be equipped with it later this year will be the Chevrolet Volt and the Equinox, before the rest of the General Motors lineup.