Volvo's infotainment system to get native Google Maps and Assistant

Volvo's infotainment system to get native Google Maps and Assistant

For those not familiar with Android Things and the IoT world, just know that this platform "does the heavy lifting with certified hardware, rich developer APIs, and secure managed software updates using Google's back-end infrastructure", to help device makers focus on building incredible products, not the other stuff.

Android derivatives aim to provide users with a consistent interface across devices, while Google and its business partners benefit from a standard way to distribute their applications.

Now, after a developer preview that saw over 100,000 SDK downloads by developers, Google is releasing Android Things 1.0 with "long-term support for production devices".

The Swedish automaker will add Google Maps, the Google Play Store, and Google Assistant to future versions of its Sensus infotainment systems.

Android Automotive is not yet deeply embedded in any cars. Shipments of smartwatches with Google's Wear OS were outnumbered five-to-one by rival Apple devices past year, according to research firm IDC.

Apps and services developed by Google and Volvo are embedded in the auto, plus thousands of additional apps are available through the Google Play Store that is optimised and adapted for Android-based vehicle infotainment systems.

Google officials said the spinoffs have momentum.

Android variants thrive in China, where Google does not operate.

Activations of Wear OS devices rose 70 percent late last year compared to the year-earlier period. This means that stability fixes and security patches will be supported on production hardware platforms, while automatic updates will be made available for all devices as a default, making Android Things a more dependable OS.

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