In Detail: Google Android in the Roewe 350

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The new Roewe 350 is the first car in the world equipped with Google’s mobile operating system Android. Time for a good look at all its functionalities. Connection to the outside world goes trough a 3G network from operator China Unicom, the network is called Inkanet. Owners of a 350 can log-in here:

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Inkanet SD card, actually a Kingston-made, with 16G memory for music, movies or whatever one likes.

Live weather reports.

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Start screen.

Phone, text messaging and email.

Blue Tooth connectivity with mobile devices.

GPS, agenda.

These are the indexes of Shanghai and Shenzhen stockmarkets, live. China is a little different: green is down and red is up. The screen so, shows a bad day.

Stockmarket; crashing.

The Inkanet-assistance center.

Besides functions mentioned the OS also controls the normal stuff like the CD player and radio. The Android OS-system is an option and costs 4000 to 6000 rmb. The Inkanet-system is free for the first two years, Roewe calls that a ‘trial-period’. After two years user needs to pay a fee every year, Roewe doesn’t say how much.  A nice Roewe 350 will set you back around 100.000 rmb.

Thanks to my friend WX from PC Auto for the pics!

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