News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday August 28, 2012.
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Samsung has released a new Android app that lets drivers control their phone without being overly-distracted by the standard interface. The new Drive Link app uses a custom interface designed to minimize distractions but still provide access to the features that drivers want to use.
Drive Link is similar to Car Mode on other Android devices because it focuses on a select set of apps, and increases button sizes to make it easier to navigate. Users can see current time and weather, upcoming appointments, reply to text messages, place calls, and navigate to a location with minimal taps. The app includes a Text-To-Speech feature that reads incoming messages so drivers are not distracted.
Drive Link supports MirrorLink, a new standard for connecting smartphones to in-car head dashboards or radio. MirrorLink can use the car stereo to play any song stored on a phone, or launch a radio app like TuneIn. Other apps that have been optimized for the system can also be included, but compatibility with auto manufacturers and aftermarket radio units will vary.
Samsung has so far released Drive Link only for the Galaxy S III, but it plans to extend the app to other phones running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The app is currently available only from the Samsung Apps store in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.source: Samsung
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.