New Volvos To Include Google Maps, Apps, And Assistant

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The still unnamed Android P has been available as a developer preview since March and includes improved privacy settings, plus tweaks to menus, docks, and settings screens.

Android Things is Google's managed OS that enables you to build and maintain Internet of Things devices at scale. 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.

The only bad news is the timeline: although Volvo will be exhibiting the features at this week's I/O conference, the Swedish automaker said it would be "several years" until you can buy a Volvo powered by Android.

Despite those reservations, automakers such as Honda, Mazda, Mercedes, Ford, Nissan, and Toyota have committed to develop a secure framework for auto systems, based on Android and Linux. With the infotainment system not being reliant on separate Android devices, it gives the auto owners a choice to use devices of their choosing instead of being forced to own Android devices to use features in their cars.

Health technology startup Byteflies, an Android Things tester, said it viewed the system's optional integration with Google's cloud computing service and the large Android developer community as big advantages. So one thing to watch would be whether Google reveals plans to allow developers to integrate the digital assistant into their apps.

New Volvos To Include Google Maps, Apps, And Assistant

Along with the bringing of the software into version 1.0 Google are announcing the support for System-on-Modules (SoMs) based on the NXP i.MX8M, Qualcomm SDA212, Qualcomm SDA624, and MediaTek MT8516 hardware platforms with guaranteed support for three years. Shipments of smartwatches with Google's Wear OS were outnumbered five-to-one by rival Apple devices a year ago, according to research firm IDC.

For Android users, at least, the Google-Volvo partnership should make life easier. But for folks on the technical side of things, Android Things 1.0 could open a whole new set of opportunities. Here's a quick run through of everything we all expect as of this calendar year's Google I/O.

The JBL Link Bar has four HDMI inputs and can be controlled by Google Assistant.

Microsoft's platform is also available on devices with much smaller footprints.

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