Samsung's Galaxy Fold will have support from 'hundreds' of apps
Foldable phones aren't worth much without apps that can take advantage of their screens -- Huawei even postponed the Mate X to give app makers more time to optimize their titles. That might not be much of a problem now that the revised Galaxy Fold is finally ready to make its debut. Samsung revealed that it has worked with Google and developers to bring Fold support to "hundreds" of apps, including big names like Amazon Prime Video, Facebook, Spotify and Twitter. This comes after Samsung and Google set up test labs that have spent months helping app makers fine-tune their work for the Fold.
The Samsung Galaxy phones now compatible with Android Auto Wireless include the Galaxy S8/S8+, S9/S9+, and S10/S10+. You'll need Android 9.0 or later, version 4.7 (or later) of the Android Auto app, and of course, an Android car head unit that supports wireless mode.
How Does Android Auto Wireless Work? Most connections between phones and car radios use Bluetooth. This is how most hands-free calling The next time you get in your car, Android Auto Wireless will automatically connect your phone to your car radio. Can Other Phones and Head Units
If you've been waiting to connect your non-Google phone with, today's your lucky day. While Google initially said -- more than a year ago -- that Android Auto would work with any phone running Android 9.0 or higher, it's been restricted to its own Pixel and Nexus devices. Until now, it seems. As identified by , a Google support has been revised to include a number of Samsung phones within Android Auto's ecosystem.
The Samsung Galaxy phones now compatible with Android Auto Wireless include the Galaxy S8/S8+, S9/S9+, and S10/S10+. The Galaxy Note 8, Note 9, andare also compatible. You'll need Android 9.0 or later, version 4.7 (or later) of the Android Auto app, and of course, an Android car that supports wireless mode.
Always in Convenience for Comfort and Safety
Earlier you got into the car, turned the radio button to the right, and maybe pushed a cassette into the slot. Today more and more often the smartphone takes care of the entertainment - also automatically when boarding.
Then it can connect to the onboard entertainment system and provide all the features of the mobile phone. "Networking in the car has continued to increase in recent years. That started with the iPod, then the handsets could be used via hands-free systems, and now streaming services and apps via smartphone are added, "says Holger Ippen from the magazine" Auto Zeitung ". These options are by no means limited to higher vehicle classes. Even new cars in the lower price segment would now offer networked entertainment systems.
Many car buyers want internet in the car
The widespread use of networking is also clear from a recent study by digital association Bitkom. According to this, for every second German citizen (51 percent) Internet access in the vehicle is an important criterion when buying a car. 63 percent even attach importance to the fact that the cockpit can be connected to their smartphone. So they do not have to change in the car when using services such as navigation.
Even more comfortable is the use of mobile devices in the car through systems such as, or. Behind it are their own user interfaces, which make it possible to operate many functions of the smartphone via the display of the integrated entertainment system. "The additional advantage is that other functions such as Google Maps are also available, which means that the driver also has a navigation system at his disposal", explains Ippen.
So while it is becoming more and more comfortable for the driver behind the wheel, the connection of the cars to the outside increases speed. "External networking is about communication with manufacturers and workshops, but also about the exchange of information with other road users and the infrastructure," says Ippen.
In the future, for example, it will increasingly be the case that the car itself registers a requirement at the workshop when, for example, a certain mileage has been reached.
For more safety: Cars learn to talk
When it comes to networking with traffic lights, street signs or rescue services, the focus is on traffic safety and traffic flow. In Dusseldorf, there is a 20-kilometer-long test track on which 16 companies and research institutes are testing corresponding projects under real conditions. One example is a digital escape route assistant developed by Ford and Vodafone.
«The alarm is triggered directly in the ambulance. Mobile phones then warn the cars in the vicinity of the accident and show them on the display how they must form a rescue lane, "explains Tobias Krzossa from Vodafone.
Prerequisite for this are firmly installed in the car sim cards, which are already prescribed for new cars since April 1, 2018 for the emergency call eCall. In addition, however, the mobile phone cards offer many more options, especially with regard to the new mobile standard 5G. «To put it simply: cars learn to speak. They communicate with traffic lights, pedestrians and cyclists, swapping data in real time, warning each other of dangers, "Krzossa said.
Transparent drivers and hacker attacks
The flip side of networking: The driver becomes more transparent. For example, those who use car-sharing offers or e-scooters via smartphone already reveal a lot about themselves. "It creates entire movement profiles that companies also use to do business with their customers," says Ippen.
In addition, networking also increases the possibilities for unauthorized persons to plug into the data streams. However, it is highly unlikely that criminals will completely control a car, according to Ippen. If hackers can penetrate though a cloud interface, they could hardly do more than turn off the radio, says Ippen.
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