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Let's see a show of hands: how many of you use your smartphone while driving? It's OK, we won't judge you. Yeah, you do it. We all do from time to time. And we all know it's not safe, too.

The interface of a smartphone is meant to be simple, but not simple enough to use while driving. For that, an app that turns your smartphone into something that your grandmother could be comfortable using would be much better. A simple interface that gives all the information you need at a glance and offers oversized buttons for interactive elements.

What I've just described to you is Samsung's new app, called Drive Link. Using the Japanese Automotive Manufacturers Association safety regulations as a guide, Samsung designed the application to help users quickly and easily access the things most often used while on the open road.

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Drive Link displays common information, like weather, time, and appointments, with large interactive elements to make quick tapping without looking easier. It's intuitive, too - if a text comes in containing an address while the app is running, it will give you the option to navigate to that address with a single tap.

Drive Link also makes good use of Android's TTS (text to speech) engine, and can read all incoming text messages, emails, and social media updates so drivers can keep their eyes where they belong: on the road.

The Drive Link application is available now from Samsung Apps on the Galaxy S III, but will be coming to "other smartphones running Android 4.0 in the near future." With that said, it's not indicated whether or not the application will be made available in the Play Store, so we'll just have to keep an eye out for it to make an appearance.

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[Samsung Tomorrow]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Bryan L

    Sooo, it's a pretty, skinned Car Home app?

  • Samuel Riksfjord

    There's lots of these apps already..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1359390083 Sodiq Awokoya

    Waiting for a app lol, you mean waiting for the apk by tomorrow

  • spydie

    my galaxy s 3 doesn't have samsung apps on it... so I downloaded it and installed it from the internet. But a search doesn't produce Drive Link... methinks this is a bogus report

  • http://www.facebook.com/jblumho Justin Blumhorst

    Has anybody tried to dl this on a Verizon wireless S3? I'm not able to find it...

  • http://twitter.com/psevoznik Alvaro Psevoznik

    I can't find it in the Google play. Why???

    • Jasonc07

      It's in Samsung Apps. Read the story.

  • spydie

    it's not actually released yet. Looked for it on my ATT SGS3 and in samsung apps with my samsung galaxy tab 2 7"... it doesn't show up in the samsung app store at all...YET

    • Jasonc07

      It is released. It's not for US and in the story it says only SGS3.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688596687 Loren Wildcard Cogar

    Anyone got an .apk for me? :)

  • http://twitter.com/arghness Alex

    Shows up fine in Samsung Apps on my i9300 in the UK.

    • fixxmyhead

      Post the apk. I want it

  • Moez

    Heads up. From the Samsung Tomorrow blog:

    The app is downloadable from Samsung Apps in 21 countries including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.

    Not seeing Canada or US there.

    • spydie

      That explains it... the US is always the last to get anything from Samsung... the international phones all get updates first, too. I guess that's why Apple could kick their ass so easy in the U.S.! LOL

  • Timothy Gelter

    Samuel: an recommendations?

  • chris crute

    Try searching for Drivelink (all one word), otherwise it appears waaay down the list. This will not help those in the US I'm afraid...

  • Jura

    .apk anyone? :)

  • ramtix

    downloading right now from Kies..and Im in Australia.

  • http://www.exponere.com barneyc

    Er.. surely the story here is that the phone is i) in London and ii) running on LTE - even with O2 trials that's news.

  • Northerndj

    This does not Work in the UK keeps asking for Locations to be turned on, Developer need to do some more work on this

    • Uri Tamás

      Same story for me. I'm from Hungary! So it's not my fault!

  • Owen Finn

    I can only assume Apple has a patent on iDrive?

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.hariri Nick Hariri
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