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General Motors is the latest to recognize the power of Google’s Android mobile operating system. On Tuesday GM and Google announced that they plan to connect the automaker’s in-vehicle communications system, OnStar, with phones running on Google’s Android operating system.

General Motors is the latest to recognize the power of Google’s Android mobile operating system. On Tuesday, GM and Google announced that they plan to connect the automaker’s in-vehicle communications system, OnStar, with phones running on Google’s Android operating system. The partnership starts with a beefed-up mobile application that can manage features — like remote horn and engine start, battery charging management and location-based services — for the Chevy Volt, GM’s electric vehicle scheduled to roll out later this year.

The move represents the latest car company to cozy up to an Internet giant in order to deliver the next generation of connected cars. Earlier this year Ford and Microsoft announced that Ford’s electric vehicles would be able to connect with Microsoft’s energy management software, Hohm. To see why GM is linking up with Google, and to check out a hands-on demo of the Android application, watch our video clip:

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  1. [...] got a hands-on demonstration of the Android app on a Droid and shot a video of it in action that is really impressive. Up to now my inner geek has been jonesing for relatively cheap gadgets. [...]

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  2. [...] with Chevy announcing Google Maps integration for the second phase of the app later this year. Earth2Tech got to check out the updated app and all of its new navigational [...]

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  3. [...] it a bit more, but for now take a look at this video showing off some of its functions: [Earth2Tech via Gizmodo] All, [...]

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  4. [...] [Earth2Tech via Gizmodo] Click To Share This! Hide Sites $$('div.d1620').each( function(e) { e.visualEffect('slide_up',{duration:0.5}) }); [...]

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  5. [...] Chevy Volt. It’s nice to see such a cool app that will actual make it to the consumers hand. Earth2Tech got a demo of the app and I have embedded the video [...]

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  6. [...] VIDEO: Hands-on With GM’s Android App for the Volt See All Articles » The Next Google-Microsoft Rivalry: Electric Vehicles? [...]

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  7. [...] anunciando integração com Google Maps para a segunda fase do app, ainda este ano. O Earth2Tech brincou um pouco com o aplicativo atualizado. O vídeo acima mostra alguns dos truques novos, em ordem de "do [...]

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  8. [...] like location-based services in addition to scheduling battery charge times — see our video demo here). Automotive supplier Continental AG has said it’s working on a new hardware and software [...]

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  9. [...] The shifting market for connected car services described by ABI today suggests growing pressure for green car makers to partner with companies that are controlling the mobile ecosystem. That includes Google and its Android open source operating system for mobile phones, Apple and the iPhone, and the telcos, AT&T and Verizon. Already, General Motors’ has moved to work with Google Android phones for a next-gen mobile app for the Chevy Volt, offering location-based services in addition to scheduling battery charge times (see video here). [...]

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