Rumor: GM building Android-based Sync killer

If there's truth to the rumors, General Motors' next generation in-car cabin tech suite may be powered by Google's Android operating system.

The OnStar mobile app for the Volt may end up only being the first step toward Android-powered GM vehicles. General Motors

If there's truth to the rumors, General Motors' next -generation in-car cabin tech suite may be powered by Google's Android operating system. Sources at MotorTrend say the automaker and search giant are in negotiations over just that sort of thing.

The Android/OnStar infotainment hybrid would go head-to-head with the likes of Ford's Microsoft Sync suite, offering access to a user's connected media, allowing two-way communication between a connected smartphone of any brand, and potentially replacing GM's OnStar turn-by-turn directions with Google Maps navigation. Perhaps there's even room for an in-car app store of sorts.

Speculation also points to deeper integration with other vehicle systems that are typically accessed under the OnStar umbrella, such as remote door unlock and engine start/stop. We saw hints of such a system earlier this year when GM debuted its OnStar mobile app for the Chevrolet Volt on Android phones and the iPhone at CES 2010.

Neither General Motors nor Google has made a formal announcement of this partnership, but we'll keep our eyes peeled as this story develops.

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