Tesla Model S to get app support and Chrome by late 2014 (video)

Tesla CEO says Model S will get Chrome browser, may get Android emulator

Tesla's Model S may soon be as friendly to developers as it is to drivers. Elon Musk has revealed at a Munich reception (shown after the break) that he hopes to open the EV's infotainment system to third-party apps by the end of 2014. As part of the software transition, the sedan will also get Google Chrome -- a big improvement over the current browser, particularly for web apps. Musk didn't say how local apps would work, although he noted that Tesla is "considering" an Android emulator that would take advantage of the car's Linux platform. We wouldn't count on loading Flipboard while stuck in a traffic jam, but it's clear that the Model S' center stack will eventually become more of a general-purpose computer.