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Google may be GM's mystery technology partner

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on May 12th 2010 at 3:55PM

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

The interwebs are rife with rumor that the mysterious General Motors technology partner is none other than Google itself. Motor Trend is reporting that GM is currently courting the search guru in order to use the Big G's Android operating system in its vehicles. If successful, the company should have a telematics system that's more than capable of taking it to Sync – the excellent Ford/Microsoft mashup currently available in most Blue Oval products.

While MT claims that GM wants to out and out buy Android, we doubt that's the case. Google hasn't exactly made a habit of selling anything it produces – opting instead for an advertising-based revenue stream. What's more, Google is making major inroads into the consumer electronics marketplace with Android. Still, that doesn't mean the open-source Android couldn't find its way into the next generation of smart-phone capable vehicles from Detroit.

If the rumors prove true, we should first expect to see some iteration of the system on the upcoming Chevrolet Volt. GM has already said that owners will be able to monitor things like battery life and charging from their smart phones. They'll also be able to start and unlock the vehicle via a Volt app. Similar usability will likely trickle down into the rest of the GM ranks.



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Apple would be a great company to get with, but if not them, Google seems like the next best choice.

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Went to the local Java developers group meeting tonight where the subject at hand was mobile platforms, the first talk was an overview about the major platforms (BlackBerry, Apple, Android, Windows Phone 7, Symbian (Nokia), Palm WebOS)...interesting to see the market share of each in the US vs worldwide, and the changes in Nov 09 vs March 10. Sync and other technologies were also touched upon.

Lots of chatter about the walled garden approach of Apple and recent announcements of theirs vs. Google's approach w/ Android...some iPhone app developers in the room, incl. the speaker who has moved to Android app dev from iPhone. He had a funny slide of Osama Bin Jobs.

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