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Seamless in-car connectivity with Android devices

9th December 2013
Nat Bowers

Broadcom is enabling seamless in-car connectivity with Android-powered devices thanks to its new Automotive Bluetooth software stack. Enabling automotive manufacturers to respond to new trends and reach the market more quickly, Broadcom's Android Automotive Bluetooth software ensures seamless, end-to-end interoperability between in-car applications and mobile Android devices.

Richard Barrett, Broadcom Director of Wireless Connectivity, commented: "The choice of in-vehicle technology is becoming more important as consumer demand for seamless mobile and wearable device connectivity continues to rise. Auto makers and tier one suppliers are looking for robust, feature-rich and flexible operating systems that are relatively painless and easy to deploy. Our Android Automotive Bluetooth software combines Broadcom's proven expertise in software development and widely deployed wireless connectivity with high performance profiles optimized for use in the evolving automotive environment."

With almost 80% of market share in global smartphone shipments, a growing number of auto makers have announced their intent to leverage Android operating systems. In recent years, the fragmentation of Bluetooth software has meant poor audio performance and interoperability barriers across a range of devices. Providing a significant improvement in audio quality for hands-free calling and streaming music, Broadcom's Android Automotive Bluetooth software removes these barriers. Driver health and biometric indicators, such as driver fatigue and blood alcohol content, can be monitored with wearable devices that are easily synced by Broadcom's Integrated Bluetooth Smart Ready technology.

"Open platforms continue their march forward in automotive with more and more car makers and tier one suppliers transitioning to open source platforms such as Android. The automotive industry is set for a number of dramatic paradigm shifts and the adoption of open source platforms is just one example. In this regard, the automotive industry can mirror and keep pace with trends in mobile," commented Dominique Bonte, VP at ABI Research.

Broadcom's Automotive Bluetooth software stacks for Android, RTOS and Linux are now available to qualified customers.

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