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

by Linda Olson May 8, 2018, 0:45
Volvo's infotainment system to get native Google Maps and Assistant

It's that time of the year when the tech world - developers and tech geeks alike - congregates at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. While we're not holding our breath for an optimized version of Android for tablets or a new Oreo tablet, we wouldn't mind seeing a Chromebook tablet from Google. Google is also highlighting startups Mirego and Byteflies who embraced Android Things to deliver a large photo display network connected to photo booths in Montreal, as well as a docking station meant to securely connect one's wearable to the cloud in order to upload their health data. Instead of focusing the bedroom or kitchen, JBL has made a Google Assistant speaker that can power your entire home theater, whether you're listening to music, looking for a good movie, dim your smart lighting, or you just want to know the weather forecast. As we saw at I/O previous year, Google is working with specific vehicle brands to integrate the best of Android Auto into the native interface for some cars, meaning those cars essentially run on Android, but without needing your phone to work. But Android P seems to be focused on improvements in interface design and refurbishing of visual elements. This means that even if the car's owner doesn't sport an Android phone, as long as he owns a Volvo model with Sensus, he/she will have access to many features that are part of Android Auto. When you get the JBL Link Bar hooked up to your TV, you get a complete Android TV experience just like a set top box including voice commands.

The Link Bar is like someone mashed together a high-end soundbar, a Google Home, and an Android TV media streamer. The last thing we wanted to touch on is a new partnership with Volvo.

Google on Monday officially launched the stable version of its embedded operating system platform Android Things, having announced that Android Things 1.0 is now available for download and use. Android Auto has been steadily growing since 2015 and is continuing to do so, with upcoming sessions at Google I/O to "discuss why automotive is a crucial area for developers, and show an exciting preview of what's ahead".

Charlie Rose Sued by 3 CBS Staffers for Sexual Harassment
The newspaper also reported that CBS managers were warned of Rose's conduct at least three times over a period of 30 years. All of the women say he would repeatedly caress and touch their bodies, including their arms, shoulders, waists and backs.

We're also expecting to get an update regarding an AI-powered smart replies for chat notifications from messaging apps (Facebook Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp), a better support for streaming HDR digital media content and more.

Volvo announced Monday that its next infotainment system will integrate more popular features from Google, including Google Maps, Play Store, and Google Assistant.

This has mostly to do with developers, but it should have some interesting reverberations on Android apps. So it's no surprise that Google, with a dedicated its research division, has grand plans of its own for AI, and we might see some of its machine learning capabilities in I/O 2018.

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