Volvo's infotainment system to get native Google Maps and Assistant

Volvo's infotainment system to get native Google Maps and Assistant

The partnership between Google and Volvo should make the Assistant features in particular be baked deeper into the car's OS than you would get with Android Auto. The Mountain View, California-based firm will be offering free security patches, bug fixes, and stability improvements for every long-term support version of Android Things over the first three years of its availability, whereas the solution itself has also been created to allow manufacturers to continue pushing out their own updates and patches even after that period ends. 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.

Google had previously announced incoming integration with Volvo cars. The latest rumors peg it as a budget Android Go phone aimed at emerging markets, but even if we can't buy it here in the USA, we'd still like to see how Google can raise the bar for low-end Android.

While Google does not charge hardware manufacturers for Android, it expects consumers to use new gadgets to continue using its search product, watch videos on YouTube and buy content from its Play Store.

Sonos' upcoming speaker is believed to incorporate Amazon's Alexa smart assistant instead of Google's, however, and there's no word on what operating system the Sonos audio product will run, if any. That means regardless of what phone they have, all Volvo drivers will be able to take advantage of Google's mapping and voice recognition features, which really can't be a bad thing.

Barcelona captain Iniesta starts last Clasico against Real Madrid
After 34 matches, 2970 minutes plus, Barcelona are just 360 minutes away from going unbeaten for the whole 2017/18 La Liga season. This was a reference to Barcelona not offering the same courtesy to Los Blancos after they won the FIFA Club World Cup.

You can also connect to the Link Bar via Bluetooth, which will let you stream music from your phone.

Google I/O 2018 is coming up on us fast with the first day of the event taking place tomorrow (5/8). Four times as many smart TV shipments previous year had Samsung's (005930.KS) operating system as Android TV, according to IHS Markit. The first Android-based system is meant to be launched in a couple of years from now.

Google officials said the spinoffs have gained momentum. Activations of Wear OS devices rose 70 percent late last year compared to the year-earlier period.

Android Automotive was gaining attention from Indian automakers and from Brazil, said Patrick Brady, a Google engineering vice president. It's an Android TV streaming box. Given that two years has passed since Android Wear 2.0 was announced, we'd be shocked if Google didn't devote a chunk of keynote time to the future of its ultra-mobile OS.

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