TORONTO, Ontario, July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Audiobooks.com announced today its support for Android Auto, enabling users to enhance their in-car listening experience. Audiobooks.com is the first and only audiobooks application supporting the Android Auto platform. Driving will never be the same again.
Audiobooks.com's philosophy is to provide easy and convenient ways for people to enjoy audiobooks, wherever and however they prefer to listen to them. Demand for car infotainment systems and in-car listening is skyrocketing, which led Audiobooks.com to make the in-vehicle experience a high priority in guiding product development.
Estimates from the GSMA and others say that there will be over 60 million connected cars on the road in five years. BI Intelligence published a report predicting that car-focused telecom, hardware, and software will drive $51 billion in annual revenue by 2018. Connected cars are clearly the way of the future, and Audiobooks.com is the first audiobooks provider to take advantage of this new and exciting market.
"The experience of using an application while you are on the road is entirely different than using it on a phone or a computer," said Ian Small, Audiobooks.com General Manager. "We made integration with Android Auto a high priority because we wanted to give drivers the best audiobook experience that this new technology allows. Our goal is to revolutionize the in-car experience, and to make the 100+ hours a year Americans spend commuting to work and 38 hours a year stuck in traffic more enjoyable."
Android Auto is an infotainment operating system that puts maps, music, calls, and text into a car-friendly interface. The app hit the Google Play store in March of 2015 and has a long list of top car companies signed up as partners, including Acura, Maserati, Volkswagen, Audi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Volvo, and more.
In addition to the Android Auto support, Audiobooks.com is also the only audiobook app to support Apple's new in-car platform, CarPlay. The company recently released a new version of its iOS app that is fully supported by and optimized for Apple CarPlay. Audiobooks.com also has relationships with top car manufacturers and its service is available around the world, in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. With a footprint of this breadth and depth, Audiobooks.com is the leading in-vehicle audiobook provider on the market.
Audiobooks.com provides the first on-demand streaming and downloadable service for audiobooks, delivering access on any Internet-enabled smartphone or PC, including Apple iPhones and iPads and Android smartphones or tablet devices. The company is the first and only provider of Cloud Bookmarking, its proprietary technology that synchronizes users' last listened-to bookmark position across all devices. Find out more at www.audiobooks.com.