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    man2xxl, i couldnt agree more with you. i dont know why this negative attitude against Android.

    and who said it does not run on non-mobile platforms? i am running my Archos 5 Android 5 inch screen 500 GB since October 2009 - with GPS (Copilot which great) and Wifi (Tethering via bluetooth and phone).

    large UI for car is desirable but most can be done with widgets already. i recently attached a touchpad (ErgoTouch) which is good for navigating while driving (select music). better than touches because of bumps etc.

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    I have been an Android user for about 6 months now and absolutely love the software. Ever since I have heared rumors of x86 Android support, I have been thinking about using it in my CarPC. If you have used the Sweeter Home app for Android, you can see the powerful potential for customized UI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by man2xxl View Post
    First things first I like many of you am a developer. For the last 9 years I've primarily developed on or for Linux based systems and I have no ties with Google Inc. I believe Android would be a great choice for car entertainment systems. I have not read all the posts in this thread (I read about two pages).

    Well, now that I got that out of the way lets get into why I joined this forum to comment on this thread.

    This is like the third time I've visited this forum and found posts that have IMHO weak arguments for why Android won't work as an car entertainment platform.

    1. Android benefits from Linux but Linux doesn't benefit from Android.

    While there may not be code being passed back and forth Linux is definitely seeing some benefits. Android (and Ubuntu) in my opinion has done great deals for raising Linux awareness. Think of all your friends that didn't know about Linux 2 years ago that know about it now. Anything that is highly successful as Linux brand (I use that loosely) is great for the community. It gets Linux in the hands of more decision makers, more bloggers, more people that will in some way help pour more money into Linux and or open source development.

    As far as the "I can't use this code anywhere else" argument that is not true. If you use a framework like Appcelerator that can build for Android, iPhone, and the Desktop. Also, who cares? I don't want to run Eclipse, Netbeans, Open Office, Gimp, or Brasero on my car entertainment center. All I really want is a way to listen to Pandora, Skype and Google voice, GPS with Google Maps, a browser, a Gmail client, weather widget, backup camera, and a couple of other apps to pass the time if I'm ever waiting for my wife to come out of the store or something. The last time I checked Linux doesn't need anymore of those apps.


    2. Android apps won't work with non-phone platforms.

    I'm a developer you're developer. If someone tells me my app can make more money if I change it to work with a different type of hardware I'll probably do it. A good example is the iPad. How many now works with iPad badges have you seen this week?

    3. Android vs MeeGo

    I believe MeeGo looks very promising especially the two projects merged. On the other hand, there is almost 20,000 Android apps at this point. That is major no matter how you try to spin it that is a major selling point. Why? Because developers are already gravitating towards the platform. I really dislike MS products but they have a huge advantage because there is strength in numbers. Certainly Android doesn't have more of a following than the iPhone/iPod/iPad group but we're gaining on them. Does this mean that there isn't room for innovation from another camp? No, absolutely not but lets face it at this point its a war between Google and Apple at this point. They are both smart and have tons of cash. Until someone puts some major marketing money behind the platform it won't happen. I hope it does.

    4. GPS

    This will happen sooner than you think.

    5. Car UI design
    This is happening now if I'm mistaken. If I am mistaken please give me and know that it will happen soon you can bet your life on it. There are too many custom Android interfaces out now for it not too happen.

    6. 4G

    Which platform will auto makers be willing to team up with networks to bring 4G services to first? Scratch that you can already do that with the 4G hotspot from Sprint.

    I hate to start my membership into the MP3Car community with a small rant but some of the comments in the thread kind of rubbed me the wrong way.
    I couldn't agree more. Heck, take a look at the Car mode on Motorola phones, and that's Gen1 on a phone. You can bet I'll be testing with a Honeycomb tablet with ADW Launcher and tethered to my phone.

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    I'm not buying the 20,000 apps as a real advantage. How many of those apps will work in the car? Probably only a few. And of those few, how many are actually useful? Maemo has only about 1800 apps in the repos + store, yet it has an analog for just about every useful android or iOS app. The "20,000" number just means android has more fart apps and "angry angela" apps. Not a real advantage in my opinion.
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    Well I'll download Maemo and run it in on the CarPC right now! ...oh... wait...
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    Nirwana Project, the Android/Win 7 hybrid system!

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