Yesterday the WWDC 2018 opened, the mirror of thein the Apple ecosystem and certainly the most important event of the year for the signing of Cupertino at least as far as software and services are concerned.
Not in vain,to update the entire plant, and did it not only showing the fragmentation in Android butin which the Google platform should be fixed.
It is nevertheless one of the less vaunted novelties that has called my attention especially, and is that iOS 12 also includes new features for Apple CarPlay , its version adapted to cars, which finally opens to third party browsers so we can choose the GPS navigation application that we like . It seems a trivial improvement, but you will see that it is not so much …
We talked about it during the Mobile World Congress 2018,of mobile devices because a car is increasingly a gadget with wheels , and in this business of infotainment in vehicles want to be all.
Google launched a couple of years ago the Open Automotive Alliance to work in this sector with Android Auto in the retina, and is that the interaction of a driver with the multimedia system of the car should be as simple as possible to avoid distractions, with what adapted and limited interface became very necessary.
Limited yes, but not so much, those who like Android Auto will be thinking in their cars, because the truth is that despite its good functioning and the integration of the assistant is very good, the truth is that the shortcomings of the Android version for cars are very notorious and the biggest of them was put by Apple yesterday.
The Google I / O 2018 brought, which featured more integration and more useful commands in a car to use with the voice assistant, improvements in group conversations and multimedia search , and new graphics that came to refresh your image. Google Assistant continues to be the main protagonist, and the inexplicable limitations are still there against all odds.
If you have ever tried Android Auto you will have noticed that its interface is very spartan, and the compatibility with applications is super-limited by the strict controls that Google exercises in favor of road safety.
Be that as it may, it’s funny that we can not do not even select the satellite layer in Google Maps , or worse, that we can practically only use media players, a limited notification system and virtually no application of those we use daily.
And yet with everything, the worst thing is that Android Auto only allows you to use Google Maps or Waze as GPS navigators , preventing outright that we can activate specific browsers, with greater travel and with better features, such as Sygic, Copilot or TomTom itself , among many others…
We do not talk about browsers for routes off road as BackCountry Navigator, sometimes necessary for your topographic maps, and much less for compatible applications radar bases as Radardroid; types of applications all of them with reasonable use in vehicles.
Obviously Apple has not enabled these latest applications of dubious legality, but at least yesterday CarPlay finally opened to third-party browsers, eliminating the limitation of using Apple Maps , with which your users can now install Google Maps, Waze, and all the others.
Is about a novelty that I think is very important, and Google should not wait to open once and for all some of the most important limitations of Android Auto, which is a promising and functional multimedia system that leaves you with honey on your lips because really, it gives the feeling of still being in diapers.
We do not want to watch YouTube videos while driving, Google, that’s fine. But at least, we want to enjoy our favorite browsers and be able to use applications that make sense when traveling.