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Most likely not, us with 2014's got screwed over with the text to voice features in the 2015's as well. Car play and android auto dont excite me much. I had this feature on my pioneer NEX radio and its novelty wore off really quick.

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You could maybe swap out the head unit in your truck and pay a pretty penny for new equipment, but it won't just be a simple software update. I do have extremely high expectations for this new type of system though. I hate to see what's going to happen to the aftermarket audio system market though. In some ways, I miss being able to go to an audio shop, rip out my crappy stock head unit, and put in a new deck with new speakers all the way around. This is the manufacturers way of driving more customers to higher trim level vehicles and killing off the aftermarket competition.

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""""us with 2014's got screwed over with the text to voice features in the 2015's as well. """

 

No one got "screwed" bro... the whole idea is for GM to come out with something new each year... so you keep on wanting a new truck..

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""""us with 2014's got screwed over with the text to voice features in the 2015's as well. """

 

No one got "screwed" bro... the whole idea is for GM to come out with something new each year... so you keep on wanting a new truck..

 

 

I think the screwing was because GM advertised the 2014 trucks having the text to voice feature but in reality it didn't come thru. It was added to the 2015 trucks via hardware and CANBUS changes that were not backwards compatible with the 2014 trucks.

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the whole idea is for GM to come out with something new each year... so you keep on wanting a new truck..

 

This has always been GM's philosophy. (All car mfr's for that matter). Before cars had all this electronic technology, it was all about horsepower. First year, 350, second year 355, etc., etc. Grille changes, add a color or two, some fresh new wheels, and a 5 year face-lift. It seems to work. They've been selling cars and trucks like this for years.

 

Now it's all about touch-screens, wifi, fancy electronics, bells & whistles, and how many TV screens can you get in a new vehicle! :thumbs:

 

(I can remember when it was all about cup-holders.) :lol:

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I just bought a 2015 Sierra CC not too long ago and think their infotainment system is pretty good. I love the truck so much that I am going to purchase another Sierra in a single cab configuration soon. With the warranty being reduced but the the tech going forward I must decide. I trust GM to last quite a while so Ill take the plunge.

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Car play is software based as far as I know, in theory it should be addable to older models.

 

The voice to text was mainly software as well, still cant be added to a 2014 truck and that is per someone who knows GM programming and is capable of making the programming changes. I also verified this with the Chief Engineer over the entire GM SUV/Truck line as well.

 

So just because it might be a software change, more than likely it may not be backwards compatible.

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Car play is software based as far as I know, in theory it should be addable to older models.

 

I doubt it's just software, there will be a new hardware component to it too. Have any of you used an iPhone or iPad? No way Apple allows their software to be used on these current touchscreen radios, and I use the term "touch screen" very loosely. I bet they'll have their own proprietary hardware. GM will make a vehicle with a dashboard that has a hole in it for Apple hardware to be installed. Most likely, this will be an "upgrade" over a base model vehicle that has either the current 8" mylink or maybe just the 4" screen.

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More info will come out at the Google IO conferance today. The way I understand it is that the basic system will remain much the same as they are on the 15's. Then if you plug in an iPhone or Android phone with 5.xx you get a new option that will use more of the phone capabilities for functions like Nav; texts; etc. One system with 3 options-Factory; Android or Apple. How seamless and how they work together is the question, IMO. This has the potential of significantly improving things like Nav, Voice commands, search, etc. and updates to your phone might result in a "living system". Less stuck with the system you get each year. That is if GM does it right......a big if!

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More info will come out at the Google IO conferance today. The way I understand it is that the basic system will remain much the same as they are on the 15's. Then if you plug in an iPhone or Android phone with 5.xx you get a new option that will use more of the phone capabilities for functions like Nav; texts; etc. One system with 3 options-Factory; Android or Apple. How seamless and how they work together is the question, IMO. This has the potential of significantly improving things like Nav, Voice commands, search, etc. and updates to your phone might result in a "living system". Less stuck with the system you get each year. That is if GM does it right......a big if!

 

Looking into it some more, you may be right about the "basic" system remaining much the same, but I see GM at least needing some hardware upgrades for the touchscreen. This current touchscreen is a joke compared to what Apple and Samsung put out on the market. It's like my old 2007 Garmin GPS touch screen....not very responsive to the touch. I'm not saying they need to put an iPad in the dashboard but we should be able to get something close to it in touch responsiveness.

 

Here's some more information from the Apple website: https://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/

 

Surprised to see Toyota on that last. There was an article from about a month ago saying Toyota was sticking with their proprietary Entune setup. I guess they realized they were alone on that island and had better keep up with the competition.

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