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I would assume that Rivian is using the bare bones open source version of Android, with no Google license you don’t get anything but generic Android without any Google apps. Popular way to jump start a product ala the Humane AI Pin and Rabbit R1 devices.


They aren’t using Android like the OS that runs on a smartphone…….
 

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Something the announcement of Google Cast and YouTube integration should tell you is the idea of Carplay or AA is dead. They wouldn't go thru the process of going this route if either one was in the future.
I agree that Rivian will never support android auto or CarPlay; however, Google cast and YouTube integration have nothing to do with that.

1) there are cars with YouTube built in that still support AA/CP (my Mach e, for instance)

2) this allows casting of video from apps. CarPlay and android auto don’t allow for any video casting, just projection of some apps.

I think video casting is actually a great way to go about this issue and something that others should look at doing instead of integrating a few video apps into the car software. Thats too much effort. Integrating casting lets the users use a bunch of video services for minimal effort.
 

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I agree that Rivian will never support android auto or CarPlay; however, Google cast and YouTube integration have nothing to do with that.

1) there are cars with YouTube built in that still support AA/CP (my Mach e, for instance)

2) this allows casting of video from apps. CarPlay and android auto don’t allow for any video casting, just projection of some apps.

I think video casting is actually a great way to go about this issue and something that others should look at doing instead of integrating a few video apps into the car software. Thats too much effort. Integrating casting lets the users use a bunch of video services for minimal effort.
Why not audio casting too (like chrome cast audio)? It would free us from Spotify and Tidal. Atleast give me a USB playback option. I just want to go back to purchasing music. These streaming services are too expensive and I can purchase most of the music I need for the price or 1 year family subscription.
 

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I may be wrong, but I read (or heard) somewhere that Rivian is actually running (as the kernal) the UNREAL graphics engine.
 

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Why not audio casting too (like chrome cast audio)? It would free us from Spotify and Tidal. Atleast give me a USB playback option. I just want to go back to purchasing music. These streaming services are too expensive and I can purchase most of the music I need for the price or 1 year family subscription.
how audio casting different than just Bluetooth audio?
 

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how audio casting different than just Bluetooth audio?
With Bluetooth, the audio is streamed directly from the phone using Bluetooth. With casting, the phone simply tells the receiver what data to stream, and from where. The streaming is direct to the receiver using it's data connection, with transport controls available to the phone.
 

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With Bluetooth, the audio is streamed directly from the phone using Bluetooth. With casting, the phone simply tells the receiver what data to stream, and from where. The streaming is direct to the receiver using it's data connection, with transport controls available to the phone.
what benefit would that provide? In a home it’s nice for something like Sonos where a person may move around the house so and have poor connection, but in a car Bluetooth is extremely reliable.

and the quality of Spotify streaming from my phone is higher quality than the direct stream in the car. I guess I just don’t see much benefit to this for the effort it would take to implement?
 

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what benefit would that provide? In a home it’s nice for something like Sonos where a person may move around the house so and have poor connection, but in a car Bluetooth is extremely reliable.

and the quality of Spotify streaming from my phone is higher quality than the direct stream in the car. I guess I just don’t see much benefit to this for the effort it would take to implement?
Quality. Bluetooth is a very low bandwidth transmission, which severely impacts audio quality. If your Spotify is higher quality using Bluetooth, then you need to change your quality setting in the truck because this should NOT be the case...
 

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Quality. Bluetooth is a very low bandwidth transmission, which severely impacts audio quality. If your Spotify is higher quality using Bluetooth, then you need to change your quality setting in the truck because this should NOT be the case...
I have changed the quality settings on the trucks. It’s absolutely the case, Bluetooth sounds noticeably better. Bluetooth has plenty high a transmission rate for quality car audio imho and is plenty sufficient for Spotifys highest quality settings. It’s not the same as a direct connection but Spotify compression negates the direct advantage, and their built in stream just sounds worse to me even on max settings
 

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I have changed the quality settings on the trucks. It’s absolutely the case, Bluetooth sounds noticeably better. Bluetooth has plenty high a transmission rate for quality car audio imho and is plenty sufficient for Spotifys highest quality settings. It’s not the same as a direct connection but Spotify compression negates the direct advantage, and their built in stream just sounds worse to me even on max settings
There is a very noticeable difference between quality from Spotify app and Spotify via Bluetooth. This was confirmed by several members previously, including by a member who did some instrumented testing.
 

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There is a very noticeable difference between quality from Spotify app and Spotify via Bluetooth. This was confirmed by several members previously, including by a member who did some instrumented testing.
noticeable in what direction? Car direct is better? If so maybe there’s just something funky going on in my car but I felt mine was pretty poor even with quality setting at highest.
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