I'm not sure what our touchscreen uses for a platform, but I'm curious if you can get apps from either the google playstore or the apple store. I know we have some apps, but how can you get more? Anyone know?
They (Tesla) has said it uses Linux but that is about as specific as they have gotten with regards to weather it uses a custom Linux kernel or Android.
A lot of journalists have speculated that its modified Android.
Touchscreen platform is neither android nor iOS, it is a custom Linux platform. Unless Tesla chooses to implement a compatibility layer for android or iOS (highly unlikely), there will not be a way to run apps from google playstore or apple store.
They do have (or had) plans to allow custom apps to be made, if you go back to the early interviews they mentioned it, even having an app store icon on the top bar of the 17" screen. They are either not ready for it or changed their mind and got rid of it.
When and if Tesla proofs and permits them. Unless you'd like a zoo of viruses and Trojans for co-pilots.
The display uses Qt, a common framework that runs on embedded Linux (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qt_%28framework%29). It's unclear if outside developers will be allowed to create apps for the MS, but many (like me) would like to create a few apps for the MS.
Perhaps more likely will be some kind of opening in the browser to perhaps allow HTML5 apps to run. This may be difficult too, as it may have to restrict video and animation for regulatory reasons.
A number of people, including me, have gone the browser route to create simple apps. Not ideal, but you can save a page via the web favorites to get reasonably quick access. My first app was a set of simple instructions for guests and valets. Currently some browser features are disabled, including geo-location and video, and there are no connections to vehicle status or controls (maybe a good thing).
My list of various MS web apps and links that are available now from me and others are at: http://teslatap.com/links/
What i find interesting is if they allow apps to be made then enabling after market add ons like parking assist sensors can be interfaced directly to the touch screen.
I have seen videos of the early alpha models where an app store icon existed for the touch screen but it disappeared in the Beta likely due to them not being ready to release it.
Yes, one of those "perpetual pending projects". There are issues to be dealt with, for sure. And finite resources.
in all honesty I am sure most owners would much rather they focus on features like adaptive cruise control and parking assists over custom apps.
Tesla is fairly behind with all the software stuff. Navigation features in par with free cellphone apps, WiFi, Sleepmode, better phone App, charging timers and so on.
As they didn't talk about apps for a while I doubt that they will enable us to make some in the near future.