jacapps Introduces Android Auto Integrations As Part Of 'App Everywhere' Mobile Strategy
January 5, 2016 at 4:50 AM (PT)
JACAPPS will begin offering support for and integration of GOOGLE's ANDROID AUTO, the connected car extension to its ANDROID smartphone platform in its flagship V4 app platform. This new functionality will be available as part of JACAPPS' "App Everywhere" product, and will enable ANDROID smartphone users with an ANDROID AUTO enabled car to access apps, including those of their favorite radio stations, from their car's infotainment system, including the use of voice commands.
Stations with JACAPPS' V4 mobile apps will see their apps featured (along with their logos) on in-car infotainment systems alongside other audio apps such as iHEARTRADIO, PANDORA and TUNEIN.
"Consumers' primary technology loyalty is to their smartphones," said JACAPPS COO BOB KERNEN, "ANDROID owners want to see their smartphones integrated in their cars' infotainment ecosystem. That includes messaging, mapping and media choices. jacapps can now enable our clients to compete on more app-driven platforms. That's the objective of App Everywhere™."
"As the automotive infotainment ecosystem has evolved with competing platforms from almost every manufacturer, consumer demand has grown, while overall satisfaction hasn't. GOOGLE's ANDROID AUTO and APPLE CARPLAY are inserting themselves into this environment with the intention of unifying the user experience," added Pres. PAUL JACOBS.
Nearly 30 manufacturers have announced support for ANDROID AUTO, and consumers can expect 2016 to be a big year as more and more OEMs make cars with support for GOOGLE's dashboard platform.
"APPLE's and GOOGLE's dashboard ecosystems have been a major topic of conversation at our DASH Conferences," notes JACOBS MEDIA Pres. FRED JACOBS. "We have made this project a top jacapps priority and I'm pleased we've had this breakthrough. We are excited that GOOGLE will accept station branded mobile apps. Now on to APPLE!"
JACAPPS’ mobile apps with the new ANDROID AUTO functionality included will enable streaming of the stations' broadcast as well as access to podcasts and streaming metadata, including title/artist info and album art.