Google announces new Android Auto features, Google apps on Volvo infotainment systems

Here's why Android P smartphones will be more secure

Google announces new Android Auto features, Google apps on Volvo infotainment systems

Google I/O 2018 kicks off Tuesday, May 8, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

As Amazon finds success encroaching on Google's territory by leveraging its marketplace as an ad platform, Google continues to play both defense and offense to take advantage of its traffic. Android TV had "tremendous traction over the last year" from Asian cable and satellite operators seeking it for set-top boxes, said Google product management director Shalini Govil-Pai. You can ask questions or tell it to control your smart home devices. Android P, on the other hand, appears to focus on improvements to visual elements and interface design.

The update will allow Volvo vehicles to use Android Auto features without the need for an Android device.

The JBL Link Bar is controlled by Google Assistant and powered by Android TV. It also won't require owning an Android phone to use. Android TV activations doubled last year compared to the year before, while vehicles with Android embedded should arrive next year, company officials told Reuters.

Perhaps the most crucial part of this week's I/O keynote could have to do with artificial intelligence. Today's announcement is an important step in fully realizing Android in the vehicle and hopefully modernizing an area where cars haven't particularly been well liked. At the Google I/O 2018, it is certain that the Android P won't be announced, but we are sure that Google is going to announce the Second Developer Preview. The JBL Link Bar features seamless HDMI input switching and the Google Assistant can also be used when the TV is off.

The Play platform should see some modest gains this year starting with Google News. Four times as many smart TV shipments previous year had Samsung's (005930.KS) operating system as Android TV, according to IHS Markit.

Microsoft's platform is also available on devices with much smaller footprints.

As for the company's famed virtual assistant, Google has been on the rush as late getting it work with more smart home appliances and other Internet of Things (IoT) products; it's now compatible with over 5,000 of them, and covers most name brands in the United States. The productivity sections on most app stores are crammed with tools to help you organise your life.

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