Samsung is making driving safer, but only for those carrying a Galaxy S3.
The electronics company's new Drive Link in-car smartphone app is built around listening to music, GPS navigation, and hands-free talking. But only Galaxy S3 users will get to experience it for now, until the app is released to other Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich.
Drive Link provides a clear interface, with enlarged buttons and a simple menu structure for easy navigation. A personalised home screen welcomes the user with the time and location for the current location, and displays appointments saved in the Galaxy S3's S Calendar app.
"For many, driving is an integral part of their lives and Drive Link allows us to provide a considered solution for those wishing to use their Smartphone in [the] car," Samsung executive vice president Wonpyo Hong said in a statement. "With this application we ensure users can retain the core functionality of their smartphone while making sure their experience is as safe as possible."
To avoid texting-while-driving scenarios, the app offers text-to-speech, which reads all incoming SMS messages, emails, and social media updates via the car's speaker system.
The app provides many functions similar to an in-car or attachable GPS device, including the ability to choose preset, recent, or favourite destinations, as well as search for a specific address. If address information is contained in a calendar item, or a text is received while using Drive Link, the phone will provide a link to the destination that can be set with one click.
Based on the standards of the Japanese Automotive Manufacturers Association, Samsung built Drive Link with the ability to connect a smartphone – any one that will eventually be compatible with the app – to a car's in-vehicle infotainment system, via MirrorLink, a connectivity tool found in GM, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, and Hyundai models.
Samsung hasn't forgotten about a driver's need to stay safely entertained while on the road.
By connecting your phone (for now, a Samsung Galaxy S3) to your car, any music file saved on your device is accessible through the car's stereo system. Or users can use TuneIn's global Internet radio app to listen to any of its 70,000 stations or on-demand streaming offerings.
The S3 series has also been treated to a range of new colours this week, as we revealed this morning.
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