Android to form the base for next-gen Audi and Volvo infotainment

Randall Craig
May 17, 2017

The mission established by the partnership is to revolutionise how Volvo customers engage and interact with their cars. Users will be able to use Android profiles and apps without needing to bring their smartphone with them.

According to Audi, Android will be a significant part of the cars of the future, which will have to rely on infotainment units to cater for the connectivity needs and requirements of new customers. We are likely going to hear the news at the Google I/O which is this week, although it is possible that the announcement gets pushed back beyond I/O. Apple's iOS is the second-largest mobile operating system worldwide, and it makes sense for Google to expand its efforts towards its competitors. Google knows what is at stake here, as we aren't dealing with devices that cost hundreds of dollars any more, but rather purchases in the tens of thousands. Such data can be useful for Google as an advertising platform and also help in other aspects of its business like media delivery, notes TechCrunch.

A preview of the new system is expected to be presented during this week's Google I/O.

Audi continues its push into the high-tech vehicle space with a demonstration this week at Google's annual developer conference. It wouldn't have the deep integration that comes with Android, but you could use it to access content available in YouTube and other Google apps.

Google Assistant also made its way to select Android 6.0 Marshmallow phones as well.

Your next vehicle could be a giant Android device on wheels. The large catalogue of popular Android apps which will be developed by Google, Volvo, or third party developers will offer connected and predictive services in and around the vehicle.

Reports have it that Google is working on plans to bring its popular Assistant to iOS users. It came to Android Wear 2.0-via new smartwatches-just a few weeks ago and, as we previewed in January, the Assistant is also coming to TVs and cars. Tesla has already integrated this functionality into the Model S and Model X with an in-house interface, but the system isn't Android-based.

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