Volvo, Google partnership to enable Android on next-gen cars

Laverne Mann
May 17, 2017

And not just to iPhones: the Google Assistant is expected to get introduced as a stand-alone application that you can get on the App Store, and that will work on all sorts of iOS devices. Today's report also claims the app will only be available in the United States at launch.

The deeper Android integration means more Android's features - such as Google's voice-activated Assistant - will run natively on dashboards. But there is one catch here, for now the Google Assistant will be available for IOS users in America only. The aforementioned Google Allo hit iTunes on the same day as the Android version this past fall. No, we're not talking about the Android Auto intermediary that is being supported by more and more auto manufacturers, but the full-blown Android operating system.

A preview of [Volvo's and Audi's] systems will be on display at Google I/O this week.If you are attending in person, see you there!

The automaker will develop the next generation of its infotainment and connectivity solution based on Android, providing access to a range of apps and services. Google Assistant is not far behind, and its even taken to artificial intelligence to predict the next answer and guess what you might be asking next.

Back in March during Mobile World Congress 2017, Google product management director Gummi Hafsteinsson did hint the possibility of Google Assistant heading to iPhones. Almost, all the major OEM's are also working on the development of these Assistants.

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Google has been pushing Android as a "turnkey" platform since Nougat.

Google had earlier in February announced that that its Assistant will be available to non-Pixel smartphones. However, the assistant feature is now rolling out for a limited alpha Android user pool, so if you're not in it you have to wait for a bit more to receive it. It has also become one of the new features that's on the Android Wear 2.0 upgrade for smartwatches.

The auto makers will integrate the Android operating system - or, rather, a version for vehicles - into future models.

When it comes to Google Assistant, some people might not be happy about the new feature hitting iOS first.

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