Android Auto gets a big boost on eve of Google I/O

With these new media search enhancements that Google has announced, media applications will be able to integrate their results directly into Android Auto.

Alphabet's Google (GOOG +0.7%)(GOOGL +0.9%) launches an Android Things operating system spinoff for home appliances and other machines like cash registers and vending machines.

Altogether, the system will feature the voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps, and other Google services baked into Sensus, which is Volvo's infotainment system. This event can disclose the second developer preview for the latest mobile operating system - something which we are eagerly waiting for.

Android Automotive was gaining attention from Indian automakers and from Brazil, said Patrick Brady, a Google engineering vice president. Also arriving with a new name, a recently leaked FCC filing shows that a 4K Android TV dongle is in the works, solving the issue that many 4K TV buyers are facing, which is access to video content that can demonstrate the capabilities of 4K UHD HDR sets.

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Google also announced that the Qualcomm SDA212, Qualcomm SDA624, MediaTek MT8516 and NXP i.MX8M modules IoT System-on-Modules (SoMs) now support Android Things. It also won't require owning an Android phone to use. The first Android-based system is meant to be launched in a couple of years from now, according to Volvo, which didn't provide a specific date.

Following its announcement of an Android-based infotainment system a year ago, Volvo is taking another step toward integrating its tech with Google.

Now Volvo is building on those plans. And because the next generation of Volvo's Sensus infotainment system will run on Android, new apps and software updates will be available in real-time and can be automatically applied.

Volvo Cars' partnership with Google will further enhance the way Volvo customers engage with and interact with their cars. Data such as traffic and map information will be connected in real time, while software changes and improvements will be rolled out directly to the auto via over-the-air updates. Android users without an Android Auto-capable vehicle can still use an Android Auto app that doesn't project to the infotainment system, but it does offer a simplified interface for many apps in order to cut down on unnecessary phone usage.

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