May 13, 2010, 11:21 AM — Holy Android, Batman: Your Google-powered smartphone may soon be able to control your car.
Google is reportedly in talks to connect its Android operating system with General Motors' OnStar car service. If the early clues prove to be true, the Android-OnStar combination could pack a whole lot of power into the palm of your hand.
GM's OnStar Meets Google's Android
First, a disclaimer: Neither Google nor GM has directly confirmed any type of Android-OnStar arrangement thus far. I reached out to both companies this afternoon; a Google spokesperson declined to comment, and a rep from OnStar told me her team regularly has "conversations with other companies to discuss opportunities for collaboration" but that it had nothing "tangible" to announce at this time.
With that said, multiple sources are now reporting that an Android-powered OnStar is the real deal -- and a GM executive recently discussed a major OnStar relaunch plan that certainly could fit the bill.
So here's what we're hearing: Google and GM are working on a partnership that'd "link" Android-based cell phones to OnStar-enabled vehicles. Just today, The Wall Street Journal reported that the GM-Google deal would "add features to OnStar that consumers could control" with their Android phones.
That report lines up with an even more specific story published by Motor Trend magazine on Friday. The crew at Motor Trend claims the Android-OnStar alliance would offer similar features to Ford's MyFord Touch system -- things like dashboard-based phone controls, media playback, and navigation -- but it'd also take things a step further by allowing Android owners to remotely control their cars via their phones.