Today Samsung announced that in anticipation with IFA, the launch of “Drive Link“, a new application to use your smartphones while driving.
“Drive Link” is the equivalent of the Samsung “Car Mode” built into some of Google Android smartphones without custom interface: an application with large fonts and big buttons giving access to the functions most commonly used in-car. It meets the criteria of the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association, which is one of the most stringent safety requirements.
When you start the app, a home screen will appear with the date and time, local weather and your next appointment with the opportunity to easily start a call or road route to your contact.
The main menu displays three buttons on it to access the interfaces adapted the music player, solution guide and call function, and two buttons displaying a list of applications and a simplified menu settings.
Synthesis solution provides speech system which will be able to read aloud text messages, emails and messages from social networks, but unlike any speech recognition solution integrated in todays smartphones. The application supports MirrorLink function, an implementation of the standard VNC protocol to interface with the smartphone entertainment system dashboard.
“Drive Link” is available now from Samsung Apps, initially exclusively for the Galaxy S III until “in the near future” it is available on other smartphones running under Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.