Volvo details Android-powered infotainment system

Alfred Osborne
May 8, 2018

The annual event will run from May 8 to May 10, and for the third year in a row, it will be held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. You can say it's a bit like a Chromecast rolled into a soundbar and maybe positioned by Google as a way to upgrade your TV set, without actually changing your TV. It can even be used to control your smart home devices or play music.

This time, Google will be more into gesture-based navigation by conceiving the attention which it received from iPhone X & OnePlus 5T, which neglected the need of persistent navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.

Next up is the improved search, which will enable developers to integrate their search results into Android Auto.

Use of the Android Things Console for software updates is limited to 100 active devices for non-commercial use.

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Google Assistant also now supports over a million of Actions - including, most recently, booking a movie tickets - which should see it compete strongly against Amazon's very own Alexa. Google has an hour-long "What's new with Android TV" session scheduled for Day 1, so that could be a clue that interface changes are on the way, too. It's great to see Google is continuing to build on the platform, which is now built-in to the majority of new cars. We can also expect more investments and features being added to the Assistant.

Why this matters: Android TV received Google Assistant support late last year and a UI overhaul with the Oreo update earlier this year, but app support is still lacking when compared to Apple TV, Roku, and Fire TV.

As part of this partnership, Google apps and services will be embedded within Volvo cars. Four times as many smart TV shipments past year had Samsung's operating system as Android TV, according to IHS Markit. The automobile company, known for its focus on safety, announced today that the next generation of its Android powered Sensus infotainment system will include Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store. This means that Google will be teaming up with companies other than JBL to launch similar products down the line as well.

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