Saturday, 22 July, 2017

Google partners with Audi, Volvo to bring Android to next-gen cars

Google partners with Audi, Volvo to bring Android to next-gen cars Google partners with Audi, Volvo to bring Android to next-gen cars
Bessie Robbins | 17 May, 2017, 01:50

This is not the first time that Google has explored the potential for using Android to interface with cars.

With Android built into the auto, and connectivity available through modern cars (like Audi) having built in SIMs, you won't need to plug in your smartphone at all.

Image: Volvo partners with Google to develop new-age Android Auto for next-generation models.

Google is planning to extend its ecosystem and cover the iPhone users in it.

The tie-up is different to Google's existing product, Android Auto, which has gained growing support among vehicle makers, including Volvo and Audi.

Thanks to the rate at which digital technologies are developing plus the crucial importance the smartphone now plays in the average person's daily life, the vehicle as we know it is simply a short trip away from becoming a rolling computer or a handset on wheels.

The all-new branded infotainment systems are simply the best. Volvo also says embracing the Android ecosystem will allow auto owners access to a much wider range of apps than they have at the moment, and the move will make it easier to update older cars with the latest dashboard operating system.

Although the automaker has given a roughly two-year timeframe for the release of the Android based system, it has more immediate plans with Google in the works. According to Bloomberg, a Google Assistant app is ready to launch on iOS and will likely be made available this week during Google's I/O developer conference.

As is written on Engadget, ever since the days of Nougat, Google has been floating Android as a viable software alternative.

Assistant is Google's AI helper created to compete with Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, and Amazon's Alexa. That would mean third party hardware that can include Google Assistant, like other speakers, NVIDIA's Spot, etc.

Considering that iOS is the Android competitor, it makes it possible more people will use this feature regardless of which device they are using.

The company is expected to announce an update to its Daydream VR platform apart from some announcements about the Hangouts and Duo apps.

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