The mission established by the partnership is to revolutionise how Volvo customers engage and interact with their cars. With this update, hundreds of millions of Android users will now be able to try out the Google Assistant.
The company announced Monday it's partnering with Audi and Volvo to bring Android-based infotainment systems into their next-generation vehicles. However, Android Auto is not a full operating system, as it merely uses an in-dash vehicle display as an external touchscreen monitor.
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As for other goodies possibly coming to Google Home in the near future, something called "cloudcast" showed up, which could be a hint at a new feature that allows you to cast to a Home without being on the same network. None of the Google interface survives in this demo of Volvo's system. It also could help Volvo keep its experience as up to date as its owners' phones by tapping into the rich, ongoing development of new apps and uses for Android, while keeping a distinctive Volvo interface.
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Google has (finally) officially revealed its "Android Automotive" in-car infotainment system.
Google Assistant also made its way to select Android 6.0 Marshmallow phones as well.
And Google's voice assistant software will power all of these functions, enabling hand-free control. More details are expected later this week at Google I/O when operational examples of this new Google OS will be presented on a Volvo V90 Cross Country and Audi's Q8 Sport Concept SUV.
The seamless integration of Android harbors tremendous potential. As a third party iOS app, all interactions with Assistant would likely happen within the app, meaning you'd have to open the app first, not press a button or utter a wake word. This results in ancient variations of Android working on automobiles that never get updated. Even more significant, however, is that this marks the search giant branching out from its standard Android Auto offering.