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

Google is set to show off some new Android Auto designs at I/O 2018, and the Mountain View search giant released a small teaser blog post about these updates.

This thing is a triple threat, and the exact kind of product Google needs to expand Android TV.

Back in December of 2016, Google launched a developer preview of Android Things, its focused effort on the Internet of Things and making even more Android-powered devices. Therefore, Apple enabled gesture controls, where gestures from the bottom of the screen completed the functions that were previously controlled by the home button, such as going to the home screen, activating Siri or opening up the app switcher screen.

Google have also confirmed that they have been working closely with LG and iHome on their smart speakers and with Lenovo, LG, and JBL on their smart displays which will have Google Assistant and Chromecast integration.

It's all thanks to Android - not Android Auto, but the actual Android operating system.

The company is also putting in efforts to utilize artificial intelligence in other Alphabet business too like the Waymo self-driving auto so we should expect to hear more about AI-based products.

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Chromecast isn't a new name in the world of streaming online content from our Android or Computer to a TV.

Google also announced that the Qualcomm SDA212, Qualcomm SDA624, MediaTek MT8516 and NXP i.MX8M modules IoT System-on-Modules (SoMs) now support Android Things. "Using the Google Assistant, you can easily communicate with a group of friends while keeping your hands on the wheel", Google adds.

Outside of their Android OS for smartphones, Google has struggled to extend Android's dominance into other areas over the last four years, technology and financial analysts said.

As part of this partnership, Google apps and services will be embedded within Volvo cars. Shipments of smartwatches with Google's Wear OS were outnumbered five-to-one by rival Apple devices past year, according to research firm IDC.

Google says it will guarantee three years of free security patches to hardware makers and paid extended options.

We expect to see Google expand on this at Google IO in the next couple of days but it's change into stable version is a big step towards many more IoT devices with full Google Assistant support. Let us know your thoughts below.


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