"Android Auto rolls out before Google's big event"
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Android Auto rolls out before Google's big event
Android auto is rolling out.
I'm Bridget Carey.
This is your CNET update.
Google's Android operating system is now in cars.
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is the first car to come with Android auto software programmed into the navigation screen.
That means, if you have an Android phone, you can connect it to your car using a cable.
Then you can transform the touch screen controls to show an Android menu.
You'll get shortcuts to Google maps directions, a quick look at the weather, recent calls, and ways to stream music.
You can also use voice commands to search for places.
Just do a long press on the voice button on the steering wheel to speak your command.
It's similar to how Apple's Car Play will work.
You'll be seeing both Android Auto and Apple's Car Play in more vehicles later this year.
General Motors just announced both systems are coming to 14 of its 2016 Chevrolet models.
Google is about to announce a number of new software features at it's annual developer's conference taking place this week.
It's called Google I/O.
We're expecting to get a taste of the next flavor of Android, code name, "M." Some of the conference topics on the agenda give us clues that Google's working on ways to keep your devices secure, without needing to put in passwords into everything.
Maybe we'll also see more support for fingerprint unlocking.
There's also buzz that Google's going to show some sort of new wearable device, and you can expect more talk about virtual reality.
At last year's event, Google introduced us to a concept of using a phone for virtual reality with a do it yourself cardboard and magnet casing.
So we'll see how that evolved.
Reports suggest Google may unveil two Nexus phones this year.
Nexus of course is Google's pure android phone without any extra software from device manufacturers.
According to the blog android police there could be two sizes but Google doesn't always reveal new phones at this event so don't hold your breath CNET will have live coverage of the announcement Thursday at 9:30 AM Pacific, 12:30 Eastern time.
And I'll have the highlights wrapped up for you in the next update episode.
Meanwhile, as we focus on what Google's up to, some folks on Reddit posted a discovery of a strange bug on the iPhone that causes it to crash if someone sends a particular string of characters in a text message.
if you send someone this message it will force the phone to restart.
The theory is that the notification pop up can't handle the characters and that causes the crash.
Apple says it is aware of the problem.
And will have a fix in the next software update.
That's all for this news update, but there's more at CNET.com.
From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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