Des produits Harman compatibles avec l’Android Open Accessory Protocol

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Harman qui regroupe les marques JBL, Harman Kardon et Infinity est la première compagnie à proposer des produits compatibles avec l’« Android Open Accessory Protocol ».
Concrètement, cela signifie que les tablettes sous Honeycomb (3.1+) ou les smartphones sous Gingerbread (2.3.4+) peuvent se connecter simplement aux équipements (enceintes, appareils multimédia connectés, ... ) pour écouter de la musique, regarder un film, démarrer la navigation GPS, ...

Une application automobile est le pilotage de l’ordinateur de bord :
il devient ainsi possible d’écouter la musique de sa tablette, mais aussi de diffuser de la vidéo aux passagers du véhicule ou encore de rechercher des POI (station essence, parkings, restaurants, ...) et de lancer le guidage vers la destination souhaitée.

Nos voitures deviendront ainsi plus interactives.

Le communiqué de presse :

HARMAN Extends Android Support For Automotive Applications

Addition of Android Open Accessory Protocol allows HARMAN to offer dashboard controls for connected smartphones and tablets

For more information :

STAMFORD, Conn. – HARMAN International Industries announced today that it supports the Android Open Accessory Protocol, the first major technology partner in the automotive industry to offer the new connectivity standard. With the Android protocol built into HARMAN’s automotive offerings, users can seamlessly control smartphone or tablet content – such as music, movies or navigation apps – through a car’s dashboard or steering-wheel controls.

Adoption of the new standard continues HARMAN infotainment platform’s industry-leading support of all major mobile operating systems, including Apple’s iOS, Research in Motion’s BlackBerry platform and Nokia’s existing mobile systems. The Android Open Accessory Protocol is supported across all HARMAN infotainment platforms, so it can be used in entry-level, mid-priced and luxury automobiles. It is available now for automotive installations and extends the Android email and SMS support previously launched by HARMAN.

“Consumers no longer view their living room, workplace, and personal devices as separate domains,” said HARMAN chief executive Dinesh Paliwal. “Connectivity is fast becoming a fundamental expectation and lifestyle requirement. Consumers want to connect simply and safely in their cars, and by making this Android standard part of our OEM packages, we continue to build upon our leadership in smartphone connectivity and integration.”

With the Android Open Accessory Protocol, drivers will be able to safely activate music apps, such as HARMAN’s Aha Radio service, through voice activation or steering wheel controls. Additionally, built-in navigation systems become more robust, as popular apps that provide information on nearby restaurants, tourist spots or gas stations can be overlaid onto existing map software. Passengers benefit as well, as Android integration allows content to be streamed to entertainment devices used in rear seats.

The Android Open Accessory Protocol is built into devices running Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) and is a software upgrade for devices running Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and later. The protocol allows Android devices to connect to the dashboard or rear-seat installations via USB.