Volvo details Android-powered infotainment system

Tuesday, 08 May, 2018

Google I/O 2018 is just around the corner, so brace yourself for a slew of Google news.

The features are embedded, eliminating the need to connect an Android smartphone.

Google's I/O 2018 which is the tech giant's developer conference which will begin from Tuesday, May 8. With Amazon selling its own screen-enabled Echoes in Show and Spot, a Google-made Home with a screen would look great in our kitchens.

This announcement comes as the strategic relationship between Volvo Cars and Google continues. However, enabling this functionality on the basic framework of Android P will mean that manufacturers don't have to specifically develop such functionality on their UI overlays. These join the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and NXP i.MX7D devices that were previously supported. "These include Smart Speakers from LG and iHome and Smart Displays from Lenovo, LG, and JBL, which showcase powerful capabilities like Google Assistant and Google Cast".

Last week, we saw Facebook hailing AI as the future of its business in the F8 Conference.

Google has been extensively developing its AI and implementing in its products such as Google Assistant for voice and text-based commands, Google Lens for object and image recognition, and Google Translate. So, we could watch something more on this front in this calendar year's Google I/O.

Google's TV ambitions often take a backseat to Android's other projects, but that might be changing at I/O: A recent FCC filing suggests that a full-fledged Android TV dongle is on the way. It's just a secondary interface that lays on top of an operating system. These platforms are now available in hundreds of new cars.

Volvo Cars, the premium vehicle maker, today announced it is working with Google to embed the voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system, based on Google's Android operating system. Hopefully, this I/O will be marked as the launch of this feature.

However, with the rolling of the developer preview of its upcoming version of Wear OS, it teased few features like battery optimization, and along with that it also added a dark mode.

Internet of Things has been around for quite some time now.

Why this matters: Android TV received Google Assistant support late last year and a UI overhaul with the Oreo update earlier this year, but app support is still lacking when compared to Apple TV, Roku, and Fire TV.

Google is expected to unveil the next version of the Android OS.

The most interesting update are the revised visual templates. Flutter SDK is a new platform for app development that helps in creating apps that run on both Android and iOS. Now that the Chrome OS is on the scene, debuting for the first time in a pure tablet form in the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, it's likely that the brand will have more to say on it's plans for OS. Google, being a new player in this arena, is far behind Microsoft and other IoT platforms.