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Android-Based Volvo Multimedia System to Have Google Services Embedded

Android-Based Volvo Multimedia System to Have Google Services Embedded

In Volvo's case, the entire car's operating system will be Android although Volvo will be able to tailor the actual experience similar to how smartphone OEMs customize their phones.

Though Google does not charge hardware manufacturers for Android, it expects to generate a return as consumers use new gadgets to use search, watch videos on YouTube and buy content from its Play Store.

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.

The Android Things platform utilizes Weave, which was also announced alongside Brillo.

So for its next-gen series of cars, Volvo has made a decision to include the Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store as part of its built-in Sensus infotainment system.




The partnership between Google and Volvo should make the Assistant features in particular be baked deeper into the car's OS than you would get with Android Auto.

Arete Research analyst Richard Kramer, on Android's prior successes in branching out: "If you're charitable, you say it's early".

Android Automotive is not yet deeply embedded in any cars.

Following its announcement of an Android-based infotainment system past year, Volvo is taking another step toward integrating its tech with Google. In fact, Google promises free stability fixes and patches for the next three years, and even after official support recedes, developers will still have the option to push app updates to their devices.

Since the next generation of Sensus will run on Android, new apps and software updates will be available in real-time and can be automatically applied.


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