Originally Posted by Oflife
I think this article shows how completely out of touch some Apple blogs and fans are. (Note: Am typing this on a 13" MBA and have an iPad mini and iPhone - and two Android phones - next to me, so am impartial). For starters, there is nothing at all new or innovative about any of the above. Since a few years ago, I have been able to dock even my most basic Android phone in my car (at the time, a Motorola DEFY running a very old version of Android) and do the following:
1. Issue spoken commands to do pretty much all I can do today with Siri.
2. Navigate to must about anywhere on Earth, with Google's excellent satnav killing Google Maps/Turn by turn directions
3. Obtain location info, such as nearest ATM, gas station etc.
Further, the navigation interface is not from above, but is down at street level like a regular satnav, so it's easy comprehend. Looking at maps from above is confusing because you lose your orientation, but that's another discussion. (I'm aware that Apple maps can do street level views now, but it couldn't even last year.)
I hate to say it, but Apple are years behind. Google Now today can do a huge amount, and lot of it will work in any car, simply by mounting your device above the dash.
I still think Apple made a huge error giving Google maps the boot - they have a lot of catching up to do, in particular in the place naming accuracy and Street View department.
well sure, you can dock you iPhone or droid phone on a dashboard mount now and do all that stuff. so?
currently, Apple's EyesFree also transmits and displays basic iPod-like info to your car's display screen too, as noted by bzzlink above. i suppose there is some droid equivalent ...
but just passively mirroring your smartphone's screen onto your car display like AirPlay - which is certainly possible now, i suppose there is even some droid equivalent - would not be very useful, and actually distracting. their display UI's are obviously not designed for that situation at all.
integrating the full capabilities of the Siri/Google Now voice OS UI into a comprehensive "virtual" car system is quite straightforward in concept, yes, because the bluetooth setups are there now. but an entirely new touchscreen UI layout specifically designed for a dashboard display - including also such specialized screen layout for every app it might run (starting with vehicle info apps from car makers and services apps like Sirius) - is what is needed that no one has done yet for iOS or droid.
so iOSC is basically reformatting a very simplified iPad touchscreen UI for this unique situation. no doubt some droid version will appear next year too ... even tho according to you, that should already exist now if Apple is "years behind."
but don't let rationale analysis get in the way of a good rant.
Edited by Alfiejr - 8/8/13 at 9:52am