Volvo's next-gen infotainment will pack Google Maps, Assistant and Play Store

Volvo's next-gen infotainment will pack Google Maps, Assistant and Play Store

Google I/O 2018 kicks off Tuesday, May 8, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

Moreover, this time Google has specially planned to address few vulnerable issues which caused a lot of issues in the previous versions of Android. However, Android Things isn't meant to specifically launch more Google ecosystem devices or even be an Android accessory.

The design of the iPhone X is such that there is no room left for the home button that has been synonymous with iPhones thus far. It can even be used to control your smart home devices or play music. Companies interested in collaborating on Android Things implementations directly with Google are being encouraged to get in touch with the firm directly through a contact form available through the banner below, though space is limited and only the most innovative and thought-out use cases are likely to be accepted.

"Now any Android developer can quickly build a smart device using Android APIs and Google services, while staying highly secure with updates direct from Google", writes Google's Wayne Piekarski, developer advocate for IoT. In the near future, Auto will better handle that, as well as having full support for RCS messaging, all tieing into the Google Assistant. Besides that, support for Actions was also added that lets you do things like turn on your connected oven, and the ability to hear responses to questions from your watch, just like on your phone.

As part of the new Android Things release, Google will begin supporting System-on-Modules (SoMs) based on the NXP i.MX8M, Qualcomm SDA212, Qualcomm SDA624, and MediaTek MT8516 hardware platforms. As Nvidia's director of Shield product management Chris Daniel told TechHive earlier this year, "If you release a whole new interface, and the apps aren't supporting it, then we don't feel like it's a good launch for us".

Google announced integration with Volvo cars ahead with Google Maps, Apps and Assistant integration. This partnership was first previewed at last year's Google I/O conference.

Instead of Volvo's traditional navigation, it'll use the wildly popular Google Maps. These are the Amazon Echo Show-like devices from LG, JBL, and Lenovo that all sport Google Assistant.

Google will be demoing Link Bar at I/O this week, so we'll report on new information as we receive it. Four times as many smart TV shipments a year ago had Samsung's operating system as Android TV, according to IHS Markit. This year both Microsoft and Google are having their respective events on the same dates which means more developer content from both the companies. It will be based on Android Oreo ecosystem for the apps with a redesigned home screen.

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