At CES, GM and OnStar announced OnStar AppShop for Chevy vehicles with the ability to book hotels on Priceline. Chevy cars and trucks were expected to have AT&T 4G LTE by the summer, with Kaliki audio news stand. At SXSW, the company announced Beats Music streaming would be in the Chevy AppShop while giving free rides around the festival. However, there is a delay and the open OnStar AppShop is closed for 2015 GM car models.
Apparently, there were “quality issues” for the apps and the AppShop will be delayed to insure a great user experience.
We received the following statement form OnStar’s Stefan Cross:
“Beginning with CES this year, General Motors began demonstrating an app framework – known as AppShop or CUE Collection – intended to be available on 2015 model year Chevrolets, Buicks, GMCs, Cadillacs and Opels. This feature will not be introduced on MY15 vehicles. The decision to delay was based on the company’s commitment to ensure all infotainment systems deliver the highest quality and best user experience to our customers.
We remain committed to bringing this technology to market at a later date. This change will not impact the arrival of OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, which will roll out across more than 30 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models starting this summer in the U.S. and Canada.”
AppShop apps included iHeartRadio, Priceline, NPR, Slacker Radio, TuneIn Radio, Cityseeker, Eventseeker, Glympse and The Weather Channel.