The only bad news is the timeline: although Volvo will be exhibiting the features at this week's I/O conference, the Swedish automaker said it would be "several years" until you can buy a Volvo powered by Android.
The annual developer conference will kick off at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California on 8th May. With Amazon selling its own screen-enabled Echoes in Show and Spot, a Google-made Home with a screen would look great in our kitchens. For now, the company has already released one developer preview of Android P, which focuses on major decision changes to the mobile operating system. However, enabling this functionality on the basic framework of Android P will mean that manufacturers don't have to specifically develop such functionality on their UI overlays. Or just let us jot down a note when we're in bed. "Using the Google Assistant, you can easily communicate with a group of friends while keeping your hands on the wheel", Google adds. As Nvidia's director of Shield product management Chris Daniel told TechHive earlier this year, "If you release a whole new interface, and the apps aren't supporting it, then we don't feel like it's a good launch for us". Leading up to this year's show, Google already announced that it will be investing in start-ups that use the Google Assistant ecosystem-an announcement that would have been flawless for the I/O stage-so Google must have even cooler things talk about at the keynote.
"Bringing Google services into Volvo cars will accelerate innovation in connectivity and boost our development in applications and connected services", Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars said in a statement.
The Link Bar plugs into a TV set using HDMI and enhances a TV with support for Google assistant and Android TV. We have seen that till now, Google had nothing interesting to offer in this segment. This integration contributes to reducing driver distraction, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road at all times.
Perhaps the most crucial part of this week's I/O keynote could have to do with artificial intelligence. Four times as many smart TV shipments a year ago had Samsung's operating system as Android TV, according to IHS Markit.
Volvo Cars' intended partnership with Google will further enhance the way Volvo customers engage with and interact with their cars. Users will be able to hop into their cars and have access to some of the most used features of Google Maps, Apps and Assistant that are available in Android Auto without requiring an Android device. Hopefully, this I/O will be marked as the launch of this feature. While we're not holding our breath for an optimized version of Android for tablets or a new Oreo tablet, we wouldn't mind seeing a Chromebook tablet from Google.
Internet of Things has been around for quite some time now.
Use of the Android Things Console for software updates is limited to 100 active devices for non-commercial use. Google is dropping support for the NXP i.MX6UL devices, while the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and NXP i.MX7D devices will continue to be supported as prototype hardware. It is also expected that Google might also introduce something new to the table for Chrome OS.