jacapps' 'App Everywhere' Gets In Android Auto, Apple CarPlay And Ford's Smart Device Link
June 28, 2016 at 2:11 PM (PT)
At today's Connected Car webinar, JACOBS MEDIA and JACAPPS announced the extension of App Everywhere in three major in-car platforms -- ANDROID Auto, FORD SYNC's SmartDeviceLink and APPLE CAR PLAY. The app will put radio on a level playing field on connected car dashboards as PANDORA, SPOTIFY and other offerings. The App will be available in 35 brands and 100 models.
The extension, which will be available to radio in JULY, puts stations front and center on the connected car screen, which helps make them top-of-mind to drivers and passengers. “For us, it’s always been about how radio could have presence on the beachfront property known as smartphones," JACAPPS Pres. PAUL JACOBS said. "Today, that valuable real estate includes the car dashboard.”
“Over the past six years, we have focused on the changing in-car entertainment environment, and its impact on the radio industry,” JACOBS MEDIA Pres. FRED JACOBS said. “Today’s entertainment systems provide drivers with myriad options, many of which are accessed from their smartphone. And now, we can get radio broadcasters on the valuable screens of these vehicles to ensure that millions of consumers can enjoy hearing their favorite stations while driving.”
“It’s exciting to be first," JACAPPS COO BOB KERNEN said. "Our mobile app team has been dedicated to developing solutions that will ensure that broadcasters have presence in these entertainment systems,” “It’s a major priority for us. Jacobs Media has invested a lot of time in this space, including the DASH Conference. This is an incredibly important opportunity for broadcasters and we’re extremely pleased that we were able to crack the code.”
JACAPPS is in the process of releasing a beta app for APPLE CarPlay for GREATER MEDIA Rock WMMR/PHILADELPHIA. The app is awaiting final approval and will be released in the iTunes app store soon as an update to their existing app. Videos showing how radio station apps appear in ANDROID Auto and APPLE CarPlay are available by e-mailing JACAPPS at email@example.com.