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Google commemorates a decade of Android’s evolution into automotive, television, and other platforms.

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It has been ten years since Android experienced significant growth. Not only did it surpass one billion active users, but in 2014, Android expanded beyond phones and tablets to include three new platforms: Android Auto for vehicles, Android TV for smart televisions, and Android Wear for smartwatches. This expansion introduced Android to millions of new devices and increased the availability of Google services.

Android Ecosystem President Sameer Samat reflects on their mission since the launch of the first Android device in 2008, emphasizing the goal to collaborate with the industry and cater to diverse audiences worldwide. “In 2014, we took a significant step forward in fulfilling that mission,” says Samat.

While cars, smartwatches, and TVs may seem like unrelated categories, with distinct hardware and designs, Android’s open platform, developer support, and adaptability made it suitable for diverse applications.

Android on the move

In 2010, the introduction of turn-by-turn navigation in Google Maps revolutionized driving efficiency.

Patrick Brady, Android Auto VP, explains the motivation behind Android Auto’s development: “Smartphones were not intended for use by drivers. We saw an opportunity to enhance the connected car experience with safety in mind.” Leveraging the widespread availability of smartphones with millions of apps already in use by billions of people, Android was adapted for automotive use.

The concept behind Android Auto was straightforward: by connecting your phone to your car display, you could access your Android apps on the screen, enabling navigation, hands-free calling, and music playback seamlessly.

Source: Google Blog

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