now that windows is playing the app market game as well, it seems to be causing some tumult on how much time developers are spending on different platforms..
there was another chart that someone had posted(i think it was justchat) that predicted that win7 would take even more away from android and apple products..
the general consensus seems to be that the market is changing quickly, so it is very tough to stay in one camp the whole time, and reliably have the support, and products you need/desire..
My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
"The Project That Never Ended, until it did"
next project? subaru brz
Well, the problem with being patient is that of being TOO patient, I mean, should I buy the hardware now (no software, not much in car use) or later (no software, because nobody bought it for that - in car - application; so why buy it then also?).
A bit of a catch 22 there...
Modded Dreamcast, Modded XBOX 1 (driven by XBMP/XBMC), Intel PC, Mac Mini, iPad and now Android tablets... in almost 12 years in this scene I have yet to see this community produce a hit - no killer app, no go-to solution. Patient? Yes. Optimistic? No. This game is old and in no way early.
Think about it from a developer's point of view: You have 3 to 4 major Android manufacturers on 4+ carriers (I'm not even including international carriers) and those carriers are pushing everything from cheapo Android phones to premium Android phones which vary in screen size & resolution, processor & graphics processor and OS versions. Now throw in the fact that a new device (the Android tablet) has entered the market bringing a new screen size, resolution and an uncertain future (Google says Android currently isn't tablet friendly/ready, wait for Gingerbread, Honeycomb or Chrome OS). Now throw in the fact that your Apple counterparts are earning 5 to 10 times more than you. How much of your time would you invest in a car infotainment system app let alone Android?
My bad I'm just frustrated with the car infotainment scene and Android's lack of maturity and progress... I shouldn't spread it
I am not sure why none of the tablet makers have designed their hardware with the double din slot in mind. I am sure it wouldn't have been hard for Samsung to make the Tab just 3/4 inch narrower.
Companies like Pioneer and Alpine are coming around with Pandora interfaces when tethered to an iPhone. I don't know if they work with Android yet.
Ford and MS are getting there with Sync, and Audi is the first manufacturer offering 3g powered google maps straight from the factory. Of course, it's the 80k+ A8, and only comes with one year of service.
Internet is slowly replacing our ancient media distribution like TV and radio. It's only a matter of time before all cars start rolling out the door with 3g/4g radios in them. But not everyone can or will want to buy a new car. I think the market for internet enabled auto gear is pretty big.
Hopefully, someone realizes this and makes the right products, but we shouldn't hold our breath.
It's been a while since I have last bought a car with a double din slot...This is pretty much gone as a standard. The last one was the Infiniti M35...I removed the whole dash, and found out that behind the totally curved and funny looking fascia, the "radio" functions were distributed in around 5 places and small modules connected via proprietary LAN, including behind and above the glove compartment...
Anything close to 7" is easier to install than an iPad and that's how I think it's going to be from now on...have you seen the 2011 Fiesta(?) or Focus dash? It's crazy.
Well 3G/4G connectivity is pretty worthless to a large portion of consumers (in the U.S.) in areas that still can't get hi-speed coverage.
Android tablet makers (and Google) are still waiting on developers and users to dictate the possible uses of tablets, so for now they're just going to follow the industry leader's (Apple) lead design-wise. The extra bezel/border is apparently there so the user can actually grip the tablet without accidentally touching the touchscreen. So the chunky bezel makes sense and it won't go away.
The good news is that the companies currently making the cheapo Android tablets are most likely to be the first (and maybe the only) to venture into making car infotainment double din Android devices. The bad news is they'll perform badly like they do now (terrible touchscreens and slow processors).