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Samsung release Drive Link smartphone navigation app

Drive Link is a new in-car navigation app from Samsung which is centered around the most popular uses of smartphones while driving: playing music, turn-by-turn navigation, and hands-free calling.

The app also features the ability to sync with select vehicle head units, as well as integrate with TuneIn radio to offer more than 70,000 global radio stations.

Drive Link is designed to conform to the standards of the Japanese Automotive Manufacturers Association, which Samsung claim to be one of the most stringent.

The app has a simplistic interface with large on-screen buttons, designed for use while driving. Any appointments for the day set in S Calendar show up automatically, and if they contain address information, driving directions can be loaded with one touch. The same applies to any text messages which contain addresses, as well.

Text-to-speech is also incorporated, and allows any emails, messages and social networking updates to be read automatically. Contacts are also accessible through the app and can be dialed directly from the keypad.

Drive Link will launch on the Samsung Galaxy S III initially, and will be later made available to other Samsung smartphones running Android Ice Cream Sandwich or later. The app will downloadable through Samsung Apps in the majority of European countries.

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