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Google’s Android devices are spreading like a virus across the globe, so it comes in as no surprise that Android is now headed for your car too. With Ford ramping up its SYNC car modules and Mercedes and BMW announces their app-stores for in-car applications, Android now becomes the obvious choice for infotainment integration, thanks to Harman International. Also Read - Harman unveils a new Infinity audio brand in India
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Harman International is mothership for brands like Harman-Kardon, JBL, and Infinity etc. and is one of the market leaders for car audio. Harman is now looking forward to integrating the Android Open Accessory Protocol in its latest infotainment system, which will allow the users to connect their Google-powered smartphone or tablet and control them through the head unit’s steering mounted controls.
This integration will allow the headunit to access the music, movies, contacts, navigations apps and maps and other email/SMS functionality of the Android device. Harman’s head unit will also provide some speciality apps for navigation, radio, social networking and news feeds. The protocol supports Android version 2.3.4 for smartphones and 3.1 for the tablets.