• Mar 26, 2010
Google and the Chinese government are having a little row right now, but that hasn't stopped China's love for Google goods. The production lines for the Roewe 350 have started rolling out sedans, and the little four-door, designed as a sign of SAIC's automotive futur,e is certainly headed for hundreds of thousands of Chinese homes. In the process, it will employ Google's Android operating system, up until now only seen primarily on mobile phones and a handful of cheap PCs.

Android was developed from Linux, and is a highly customizable OS with a huge range of adaptability. In the Roewe 350, the Android interface running through the DVD system will give occupants web access and even online chatting, in addition to mundane things like real-time traffic. It's a neat choice to make, and with Android's app possibilities it might mean you could share information from car to car and skip the step of reading directions and other information from your phone. And if there's a virus... well, we won't worry about that just yet...

[Source: China Car Times]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      What.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What the hell is the 350? What chassis is it on? Is this mre old Rover tech or did SAIC actually make something new?
      • 4 Years Ago
      the title said "running on android" so I was lead to believe the engine management ECU was powered by android.

      but alas this is just the dvd/sat nav
      • 4 Years Ago
      Better than MSFT at least.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Perhaps, but Sync is a pretty well-loved bit of tech.

        This is clearly the beginning of simplified OS's coming to cars. There's a ton of talk (rumors) the last couple months about Apple engineers working with two different manufacturers to put the iPhone/iPad OS units in their cars.

        To me, I'd rather just plug my phone into the car, integrating it and having the larger in-car screen be a monitor/control unit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And what makes you say that? Uneducated Microsoft bandwagon bashing because you tried to install Windows 7 on your Pentium II with $5 eBay power supplies and unknown source drivers and complain why it's slow and crashes all the time?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The car is not running on Android. The entertainment/nav system is running Android. It's not the first time a headline on this very topic is misleading ("powered by Android"), and from the comments above, it's pretty obvious people are now believing the whole car's systems are being controlled through Google's mobile OS... You guys need to mind your wording, especially in headlines...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know Autoblog is repeating what the source article said, but it's totally inaccurate to say this "car runs on Android." One part of the telematics/entertainment system uses it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, because having to fuel your car with Terminators wouldn't be cheap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the android is an awesome platform...................FOR CELLPHONES. good luck to whomever is driving this car and the app needs to be force closed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cellphones are continuously run 24/7, cars not so much.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great job on the exterior China, it doesn't look like JDM Honda Civic at all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I clicked on the thread just to look for comments like this, never gets old does it?

        Give it a rest and understand Chinese automakers are getting better at what they and it's just a matter of time when they're gonna advertise on the Super Bowl and getting high marks customer loyalty and brand perception polls in the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jim, you are complaining about a battery maker who only started producing cars 6 years ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very smart move. As I said before, even though Sync is awesome, in the long-term this is way to go, not MS platforms. Even Ford should be prepared to switch. Or they will end-up with platform that is slowly dying.
      And no, I am not MS-hater. I just think that Google works better as a company - better for users, better for developers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you can ignore the fact that on mobile devices MS is losing heavily, also you can call it geek hatred or whatever you want
        but that wont change nothing
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Very smart move. As I said before, even though Sync is awesome, in the long-term this is way to go, not MS platforms. Even Ford should be prepared to switch. "

        For what purpose? Ford isn't going to tear up their architecture just to satisfy some geek's hatred of Microsoft.
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