WhatsApp and Spotify make apps for Android Car




Google has announced the availability of the Android Auto APIs that allow developers to create apps for use in the car. For now it only audio and messaging apps. Spotify and WhatsApp have already started working with the APIs.

Developers can audio apps and messaging apps aimed at Android 5.0 currently only make for Android Car, as Google explains in a blog post out. For messaging apps involves an extension of notifications to the dashboard system, where messages can be read, for example, and users can reply via voice control. In audio refers to the ministry of music and the audio output from the system in the car, for example, a playlist is displayed on the screen.

Come APIs for more categories from in the future. Google stressed that developers already able to work with the APIs, but can not roll out the Android Auto functionality. If this is possible, the software does not say. That time may come during CES in early January: many car manufacturers seize Electronics Show to announce functionality for connected cars.

Google is already working with a number of services for developing apps. On the messaging area that WhatsApp, TextMe, textPlus and Kik and what audio services is about Spotify, SoundCloud, iHeartRadio, Joyride, MLB.com, NPR, Pandora, Pocket Casts, Songza, Stitcher, TuneIn and Umano.

The Internet giant announced Android Auto in June. According to Google Android Car compatible with buttons in the steering wheel and the dashboard. To make this possible, Google is working with the Open Automotive Alliance, which consists of dozens of car manufacturers. Apple is working on similar CarPlay .

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November 19, 2014 13:05
How will that work? What Juices in the car?
AnonymousWP • November 19, 2014 13:06
That is it shown?
For messaging apps involves an extension of notifications to the dashboard system, where messages can be read, for example, and users can reply via voice control.
maarud • November 19, 2014 13:08
I know. But that does not seem really convenient. Often the Dutch voice control not really works satisfactorily, Flashy phones it works fine. But sometimes not.
AnonymousWP • November 19, 2014 13:19
Well then you already answer your question for yourself? You will not find anything wss 🙂
watercoolertje • November 19, 2014 13:21
Is lol. I would appreciate if the text is GOOD gleaned and voice control would be good. Oh well, maybe it also, so I can not really judge them.
AnonymousWP • November 19, 2014 13:36
You can also just send audio messages of course.
spNk • November 19, 2014 13:39
But how do Whatsapp then if you want to send a voice memo? By saying, Voice memo ..

[Comment edited by AnonymousWP on November 19, 2014 13:39]
Fresh Maker
AnonymousWP • November 19, 2014 14:12
button “record”?
as it has done for years on other systems?
I do not think the wheel needs to be reinvented, usually there are already four under such a car
FreshMaker • November 19, 2014 15:02
The idea of ​​the Android Auto integration is not having to look or touching it to the fire. This creates too many distractions in the car.
Fresh Maker
ghangster • November 19, 2014 17:56
All right, they make for you a button called “command” on the steering wheel ….

Same function, different name …
watercoolertje • November 19, 2014 14:09
I doubt this will be a success. Too many demands are placed on developers allowing them to such new developments best turn our backs.

Remember that the segmentation of apps in the play store is pretty big. For example, some apps do not work on some phones. And some phones get from the factory barely support or updates. And now they come up with another standard (again) while developers the influx of phones can keep. Barely

I think Google should shift its priorities (back to basic) and need to create an android version that works on any phone (current android). And anyone can download, for example the release of updates (also for Chinese phones) so that when a new version of the OS comes out of him. Thus security can be because there is no update available. Never asked back

What does google now each time is the responsibility of the developers and the hardware vendors put down.

Nevertheless, it looks good, but more is needed want in my eyes for everyone and everything accessible

[Comment edited by downcom on November 19, 2014 14:12]
downcom • November 19, 2014 14:51
Google does not place that responsibility with the hardware vendors, they do it themselves!
However, Google would prefer nexus phones anywhere, want samsung self zn own shell like paste, and vague businesses that deliver an update later.
This is true also an advantage of Android, it gives everyone a chance.
You will therefore need more than going on the name of the OS on the hardware suppliers and consumers
In that case, Android does not say very much about; needs while Android Motorola (Appealing the day) for me a wonderful experience, and I have none of the Samsung peel. (And these are two manufacturers who provide updates)

If google is going to enforce things they are again global world domination and evilness accused, so they can never do it perfectly.
Although I think they do best reasonable given their size.

[Comment edited by Artimunor on November 19, 2014 14:54]
Artimunor • November 19, 2014 15:07
These were the choices of google in the past. so that hardware vendors could distinguish itself among other manufacturers. This is it overtakes and continues to be just doggedly put is compact the responsibility of Google.

(Example Windows phone came later in the market but do not choose a shell or something, but an update will be rolled out simultaneously on all phones (except the totally separate lumia updates)

In the meantime, there are thousands of phones recovered and tig kind of peripherals all run on the same os (with or without addition)

If I install Windows 8 does not matter if I install it on a tablet, desktop or laptop regardless of the hardware (if it is x32 / x64) And that should be just as android. And also with an HP or ACER laptop you get all sorts of apps from the hardware manufacturer come down and thereby form a kind of shell. It “may” also different.

Additionally phones, smart watch, Chromecast and android car. Then you are as a company a decent mess of to make because both Google and the consumer depends on the developers who create apps.

I can already see that developers have rigs, because the decrease is too small.

Word of the developer expects to make that huge amount of time is spent in a universal app (and it is often barely recoup) and the hardware manufacturer is also expected that he continues to make updates.

If this does give both struggles than about calculate where the ship goes beaches.

[Comment edited by downcom on November 19, 2014 15:12]
downcom • November 19, 2014 15:59

What does google now each time is the responsibility of the developers and the hardware vendors put down.

This is true only partially. Google has three ways on Android APIs expand:
* Play Services
* Android itself

Only APIs that are updated in Android itself run through the hardware vendors, the other two are not.

However, more and more features are in Play Services and update independent of the Android version. There is early this year rolled out an update that battery savings yielded by location information. Here, everyone will benefit, without the intervention of Samsung and colleagues.

Incidentally sit here also disadvantages: as is not Open Source Play Services while Android itself that is.
AnonymousWP • November 19, 2014 13:48
Now I do not know how it is with whatsapp, but Android has no trouble recognizing the Dutch language and speak. If you look at a Google Now is not integrated everything as in the English version. Beautiful But if you look for example to a Tasker autovoice, the phone is fine to operate in Dutch.
maarud • November 19, 2014 13:58

For messaging apps involves an extension of notifications to the dashboard system, where messages can be read, for example, and users can reply via voice control.

Listening to a message is as simple as you really load up phone. Distracting
And answers make an accounting ditto.

You’re distracted. You focus on listening and speaking, and not on the road.
Hopefully not permitted, as long as the car is not driving themselves.

If your boyfriend / girlfriend / mother / father is whining about the speaker, you’re just not focused on the road.
And then you have to think of a response and speaking.

Not a good idea.

[Comment edited by HMC on November 19, 2014 13:59]
HMC • November 19, 2014 14:08
So you should also not make calls with fellow passengers?
Zayl • November 19, 2014 14:17
Good question. Same indeed.
Fresh Maker
HMC • November 19, 2014 14:14
So a car kit should be oiok banned?
FreshMaker • November 19, 2014 14:21
I am referring more to the fact that with so much communication is in progress, even while driving, it is better or come up with self-driving cars really fast, or too many places to where if you get a message here can stand still to listen to it and respond.

Yes, car kits are also dangerous. You’re just not doing that you should be doing; driving.

Then you can still so hard to say you’re so good with multitasking, but I do not believe it.
It’s all time division multiplex. And then a half a second long.
HMC • November 19, 2014 16:26
On me, just call a positive effect. I am often tired after work so I sometimes have a hard time staying awake in the car. What I usually do is call (via the car kit of course) with my girlfriend so I remain perfectly awake and keep my eyes on the road. All other tricks such as music up loud and turn windows open does not work for me.

The greatest danger is that you’re not looking at the road and that can be preventable with Android Auto, as long as the control is done via buttons on the steering wheel. A touch screen in the car I’ve always found a bad idea, because you can not operate properly without looking at it. So touchscreen off once the car starts driving seems not a bad idea.

I hope it comes soon in the cars because my current car kit with TomTom draws much. On Currently prefer to use my smartphone with Waze than my kit for navigation.
AnonymousWP • November 19, 2014 13:07
Probably send voice messages. Since you can not type in the car while driving. Slightly larger letters on the screen, I would not be surprised to find, so you can easily read messages while driving.
Ethelind • November 19, 2014 13:12
Just not in the car with you one thing and doing is driving.
Do not work, what juices, bubbles and so on.

Many already can not drive properly, if they then also get this kind of opportunity I hold my breath.
Personally, I find this not pleasant development.

[Comment edited by tha_crazy on November 19, 2014 13:13]
tha_crazy • November 19, 2014 13:17
I agree with you. This they should not do. Notifications do not even. Yet an incentive to get your phone. The advantage however is that people less their phone deal if it works nice. But I think this is going to take care of rottenness
Martin Spire
tha_crazy • November 19, 2014 13:20
Yet a telephone hold dangerous than using such a screen.

I also think it is a bad development, but you do little about it. People also still drive through a red light or throw without looking their car into another lane.

But speech can keep fine without your attention from the road. It is in any case more secure than manually typing

[Comment edited by Martin Spire on November 19, 2014 13:20]
Martinspire • November 19, 2014 13:22
I do not agree.
Coincidentally, a while ago for once with my father sitting in the car, both daily rider, so accustomed to tight watch.
While driving, I got a call to the car kit, talk of 2-3 minutes, totally not exciting.

After my father asked me out of the blue if I had seen the car that would run on the road, so do not.
Even though you handsfree calling, your attention is gone, even if you practiced it.
tha_crazy • November 19, 2014 13:36

Even though you handsfree calling, your attention is gone, even if you practiced it.

I think this is mostly personal. I’m quite a lot and I call regularly through the hands-free system in my car. I should note that I am on the right external stimuli react and above all, that when I needed mentally step completely out of the conversation in order to provide the right responses in traffic.
That is not always convenient for my partner because I’m completely unresponsive, but so I’m definitely strong that I can even act in a conversation in a proper manner.

For what is ultimately the difference between talking to someone sitting next to you, and someone to call you? In both cases, you give a certain amount of attention to the conversation.
Even listening to the radio. For a moment the news meepikken and listen to them, and really understand what is said rather than just hear the sound, asks a similar focus as participating in a conversation.

What I do agree with is that notifications and messaging are dangerous. Even well-functioning voice recognition stabbing late fall, which will ensure that you have to constantly check every message you read and is leaving. Then you get your eyes too much traffic pick up, and that will be dangerous.
Biglia MatthiasDS • November 19, 2014 13:47
biglia • November 19, 2014 14:16


Oh, that’s just the most dangerous: people who deny it. Let me guess: you’re driving the car when you have too much to drink because you think of yourself that still succeed. Ever go still miss you.

I find this a very bad reaction and I resent it. Please refer all insinuations omitted. I let my wife drive if I’ve ever drunk too much (which happens to be only a few times a year). As I said, I travel a lot, much more than the average, and I insist to do so in a responsible manner. I’m very busy with traffic and traffic, I think constantly about my place in traffic, and how to facilitate the flows.

Do not go to me at such a low way to go complain that it “goes ever might easily miss with me.” You do not know me, so personal attacks do not make sense.

You know what? You tell me what else the difference between a call that you actively participate with someone sitting next to you, and a conversation with someone you hear through the speakers. Why is that such a difference that one is fully and perfectly acceptable, and not the other.
Fresh Maker
MatthiasDS • November 19, 2014 18:05


You know what? You tell me what else the difference between a call that you actively participate with someone sitting next to you, and a conversation with someone you hear through the speakers. Why is that such a difference that one is fully and perfectly acceptable, and not the other.

Because the other person partly with paying attention in a conversation together in the same cleans.
Not enough to make decisions, but just enough to indicate potential hazards.
The human interaction is now set once, and fellow passenger will unless you sit next to a coward (like my mother), it also instinctively watch out.

With a car kit that does not apply, the other person can not watch and anticipate the situation.
Once it gets busier will a passenger less of your attention seeking, while a hands-free talking merrily, and the chance to compulsive answer questions just present.
“…. Are you listening now?” – Is not the question you want to hear when you need to insert a roundabout and should direct all decide if you need the turbo lane or take the long route.

How well do you think you can inte interpret the traffic there are always other road users who are not in your line of thought, but expect you to understand them.
FreshMaker • November 19, 2014 21:48

With a car kit that does not apply, the other person can not watch and anticipate the situation.
Once it gets busier will a passenger less of your attention seeking, while a hands-free talking merrily, and the chance to compulsive answer questions just present.

So that is why I state that my instinct at such moments, the phone automatically locks out to give the right responses in traffic.

I’m way above emergency. Unexpected things which you have to decide for a short time. A roundabout you see coming from miles away and you usually have known earlier, you see the situation and you can prepare for it, even ringing.

Emergencies are precisely the situations where inattention is dangerous, and seen to react in a very short time, does it, in itself not so much that the person next to you at that time also goes silent. It is your state of mind at that time is very important.

[Comment edited by MatthiasDS on November 19, 2014 21:55]
MatthiasDS • November 19, 2014 16:58
exactly as you say:

I think this is mostly personal.

But because even a passenger distracting it is better to have no distractions. Do not do it for yourself but for fellow road users who might be so “good” is not drive / multitask.

Only then you are a good road user 😉
downcom • November 19, 2014 21:51

Do not do it for yourself but for fellow road users who might be so “good” is not drive / multitask.

The fact that I call in the car does not mean that someone else needs to do the same. If someone can not, he must show that especially. In addition, they must forbid, if the government estimates that handsfree is a risk that weighs, and then I will have to follow it no other choice. Until that happens, I see no problem with it.

Only then you are a good road user 😉

Why could I not already?
tha_crazy • November 19, 2014 13:59
This is 100% true. Sometimes when I call on the road and away pressure, voice app closes after 15 minutes suspension ( : P ) Is the ‘awareness’, I’m driving here …

[Comment edited by Firestarter on November 19, 2014 14:00]
Martin Spire
tha_crazy • November 19, 2014 14:33
That you can not remember things does not mean that you are not responding. It only indicates that driving an automatic is. This is more stuff like that. So you have sometimes that you do not know whether you have a certain action done (eg the door do, or you have showered and that you can not remember the last minute on the highway) that automatically, do you but that does not mean that you will instantly make mistakes.

That is precisely the point with multitasking, if something is an automatic, you can do it at once. Like watching TV and brushing teeth. Brush your result worse your teeth? No, but you will you post less remember.

Point remains that it is not safe there but that does not mean that it is right but wrong.
tha_crazy • November 19, 2014 13:22
I am totally agree with you, but I can imagine that it must be something …
I myself would not use it as I would have it in the car but for the suckers who are not so concerned with road safety best I could imagine that people find it a top idea.

As Dubrillion below says here, this is I think provide a lot of ugliness …
Ethelind • November 19, 2014 16:43
We always such “pedants” Setting a higher fine. Or a multi-day course as with some alcohol offenses is the case (and must pay yourself)
tha_crazy • November 19, 2014 16:41
totally agree ..

Nice that people say “I can do that” bubbles and driving at the same time. But the question you need another way: Is it worth it to another along with the one draw call in your situation? the road is everyone why global rules will be used.

Offtopic (ask the tweakers here)

But I do not know what the tweakers think of it yourself: the word early dark again and perhaps little foggy. So the lighting around the car goes back in time.

It is now a trend to incorrectly adjust your lights? there are so many people driving around with incorrect lighting … (Too sheets, broken lamp, a lamp fire 2x as much as the other hard) like that the driver can see everything himself but carefully blinded every other road user.

Whether the use of turn signals (this is required!), Other road users will better anticipate.

in my opinion become too soft here and checked out many away with a warning, this while they often know it and it is easy to remedy. After all, you bring others in danger!

[Comment edited by downcom on November 19, 2014 16:45]
Ethelind • November 19, 2014 13:16
So reading is allowed, but not types. I think it is equally unsafe. If you read on your screen in the car then you do not look with your head to the road. So that makes hardly any difference whether you’re typing or reading only.
Roel Roel
AnonymousWP • November 19, 2014 13:29
As far as I can see in the video, you will not. See the actual message You only see that you have a message which is then read. And can press here
AnonymousWP • November 19, 2014 13:44
Of course you can watch on a screen in your car, in fact, it should if you do not want to drive too hard or too soft (yes, cruise control / speed limiter) … I also have a smart watch where I can read a quick message without holding my cell phone. indeed, you may shave mirror in the car without getting a penalty for as long as you show no dangerous behavior. We are currently much more multitasking and multiple issues involved than before, we are already used to ‘something’.
Although I also think you should be in the car just busy driving, I will regularly make a phone call in the car, via the steering wheel control (without android api) read messages on my watch and Spotify and will possibly use the lame excuse that they ask with five straight 100 jobs where you can (Utrecht-Amsterdam).
But when I hung up I ask myself how much I’ve missed because I can only remember the conversation.
alex meijer
AnonymousWP • November 19, 2014 13:28
can not think me a whatsapp message uberhaupt important enough to have that in your car.
Martin Spire
alexmeijer • November 19, 2014 14:35
Is not it, but radio or important? Or Air? Without you’ll be fine.
AnonymousWP • November 19, 2014 13:43
How it works? Probably not. I can also watch movies in my car, but the screen becomes dark when you drive more than 5 km / h.
biglia • November 19, 2014 13:48
Not intended silly enough, but where you drive 5km / h or less and go watch a movie?
AnonymousWP • November 19, 2014 13:52
It is intended primarily when you are waiting in a car park or perhaps to files that do stand still.
Your question is right though. I have the unit (the infamous RNS510) already about 5 years, and I’ve never looked at a DVD.
Martin Spire biglia • November 19, 2014 14:35
Fresh Maker
biglia • November 19, 2014 18:09
Connect the parking brake sensor cable to an earth point, and he no longer jumps on black 😉
fanta friday
AnonymousWP • November 19, 2014 14:45
Can view the plans of whatsapp for calling so that they want to integrate it in your car. Would be a nice system.
fantafriday • November 19, 2014 14:46
Yes indeed. Was half a year to a year ago said that you would soon be able to call via Whatsapp (Wi-Fi or 3 or 4g). Now the time has not yet come to true. Will a lot of time and money.
November 19, 2014 13:06

Spotify, SoundCloud, iHeartRadio, Joyride, MLB.com, NPR, Pandora, Pocket Casts, Songza, Stitcher, TuneIn and Umano.

I assume they own integration for their Google Music will make?
calvin turbo
jaapzb • November 19, 2014 13:09
This integration already exists, is included in Android because Google Auto Play Music is standard on every Android phone.

[Comment edited by calvin turbo on November 19, 2014 13:10]
Martin Spire
jaapzb • November 19, 2014 13:20
It seems to me that all google services do come to the car.
November 19, 2014 13:07
Let WhatsApp first have to make a desktop client. Also a lot safer than what juices in the car 8) 7
SPOXYWOXY • November 19, 2014 13:15
Yes exactly, because I have been waiting for a time.
AnonymousWP • November 19, 2014 13:18
Use Hangout?
Ohnee that fails because everyone in the Netherlands used Whatsapp.
Whatsapp is dominant and preferred to have your phone number.
You will if you make a desktop client can log in any other way than with your phone number.
@ Joostje123 • November 19, 2014 13:19
Why can not log into the servers of Whatsapp? Via a desktop client
@ Joostje123 • November 19, 2014 13:22
What holds them up to at least do a facebook integration with the login?
That you on your desktop with wifi or tablet can not agree it is very special …
RGAT • November 19, 2014 13:36
If you look at functionality you have several reasons.

1. Simplicity of registration, you must do nothing except fill in your phone number. Choose a username to remember. Or difficult password (Yes we know tweakers here probably enough good tricks, but we are not 500 million users.)

And more importantly:
2. Contacts sync, works right you have no one to add just the phone, I will not want to quickly add a colleague on FB but I did save his phone no qualms and then to send him a message via Whatsapp time.

Certainly those contacts is just a plus point of whatsapp.
SPOXYWOXY • November 19, 2014 15:39
Now they go end-to-end encryption in turn become, I think a lot harder to make a desktop client. You will in any case not to see the messages you receive on your mobile also sends and receives. That seems like a very big disadvantage.
rick vand Ermey
November 19, 2014 13:07
Is there a 3G module in the car (for example SoundCloud / Spotify)? or is this an extension such as the Android Wear on Android Phones
rickvandermey • November 19, 2014 13:10
I think you should always have your phone on hand for connection.
rickvandermey • November 19, 2014 13:10
As far as I know, Android Car takes ‘on the screen’ of your smartphone. So there is very little intelligence in Android Car, the processing happens on your phone.
rickvandermey • November 19, 2014 14:20
processing is indeed on your phone, via a physical connection, USB
November 19, 2014 13:12
Thank Spotify does make an app for this, but I have some still on a Spotify app for the Chrome Cast.
November 19, 2014 13:17
Nice concept,
but I think it is dirty in practice is like whats app against
Martin Spire
November 19, 2014 13:17
Looks fine. Hope it can automatically boot normally and start up faster, but it’s a start. Now curious how apps will adapt to the new way of input and communicate (because you can not do with it your full attention at all times). And of course what new apps occur.

I’m guessing the men of FlitsMeister also start 🙂
Spotify and Whatsapp is also handy. I would only use Whatsapp with Dutch speech and that seems to take a while. Remains a missed opportunity and makes it less interesting for the Dutch market
November 19, 2014 13:23
Google on your mobile, TV and in the car I found all that much. But it also made this so easy to keep in the car with your social media.
Such a car does not come in with me. Brr.
Miks • November 19, 2014 14:01
You obviously have no id what you’re talking about, Android (Google) is not running on your car yourself, it runs on your phone, so if you do not want to ‘Google’ in your car, then disconnect your phone anyway just not?

If you want to go further and even want a car that is compatible with the Open Automotive Alliance is you’ll soon have very little choice, a large part of the car manufacturers have already joined, and probably it’s a matter of time before that all cars are compatible.
azortje • November 19, 2014 18:15
Why I have no idea? What I say wrong?
Miks • November 20, 2014 08:57
Because social media, or so google is not something inherent aam car, as long as you link anything you therefore not “such a car enters what is not with me.”
November 19, 2014 13:37
Seems to me very distracting on the road, a WA message.

Sorry but I’m not happy about it, there has often been enough of accident by including smartphone use.
@ Mizgala28 • November 19, 2014 13:46

Sorry but I’m not happy about it, there has often been enough of accident by including smartphone use.

And how many of them are by people who have a whatsapp message typing on their phone because this app does not exist yet?
November 19, 2014 13:38
Does anyone know if this can be run on existing systems? If so, any idea what?
Fresh Maker
still_the_same • November 19, 2014 18:12
Mwoah pure android-car is not there yet, but a little radio with A2DP support plays everything. via BT

* Fresh Maker streaming only spotify on the car radio, and control (previous / next) goes through the steering wheel.
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