Volvo's Sensus infotainment system to get Google Assistant, Android apps and services

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Volvo's Sensus infotainment system to get Google Assistant, Android apps and services

This release arrives ahead of Google's annual developer conference tomorrow, and follows mixed results with Android offshoots for cars, smartwatches, and televisions. The next-generation infotainment system will be based on the Android architecture that the search-engine company has shopped to other automakers such as Honda. Google says that the JBL Link Bar is the "first in a series of hybrid devices that delivers a full Assistant speaker and Android TV experience".

More specifically, Android Things lacks several of the key advantages of Azure Sphere, most notably Microsoft's focus on security as a service.

Android TV has apps for Netflix, YouTube and Hulu, while Google Assistant that offers voice control over your smart home devices, music streaming services and answers to voice inquiries.

"A big investment has been to take Android, the mobile platform, and make that a true automotive platform", Patrick Brady, vice president of engineering for Android, told Fortune.

But this new version of Android is created to be a turnkey system for automakers. And like every year, Google has precisely planned a hell lot of things to announce in front of the world, and pretty much everyone is very anxious to know what's coming. Google Assistant will take over voice recognition, with its natural-language capabilities letting you do everything from change climate settings to turn your house lights on during the commute home - the same things you can do with Assistant on your phone.

Last year, Google and Volvo announced that the next Sensus system would be based on Android and its Linux-based code.

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Now Volvo is building on those plans.

"The Google partnership to be entered into is an important strategic alliance for Volvo Cars", Henrik Green said.

The company announced the apps would be added to Volvo's Sensus infotainment system.

The move is boon for the Google ecosystem because it will help it deliver potentially thousands of other third-party apps adapted for Android-based auto infotainment systems into the vehicle as well.

Google said it has worked closely with hardware partners to launch the first wave of the Android Things-powered products. 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 vehicle via over-the-air updates.

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