Altogether, the system will feature the voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps, and other Google services baked into Sensus, which is Volvo's infotainment system. And no, it won't matter what kind of smartphone they own.
Google today announced the launch of Android Things 1.0, its Internet of Things platform. Despite Android and iOS being mortal enemies, embedded Android will continue to let iPhone users mirror their screens on the dash. Flutter SDK is a new platform for app development that helps in creating apps that run on both Android and iOS. Android TV is still a bit player in a game dominated by Roku and Apple TV, but if the JBL Link Bar is a sign of things to come, that could change in 2018. It's just a secondary interface that lays on top of an operating system. 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.
Alphabet Inc's Google is all washed up, well nearly with the big search Company now set to deliver a version of Android that can be used to control washing machines and nearly anything in the home.
About a month ago, we saw rumored images of a new 4K Chromecast like Android TV dongle through the FCC (which has been taken down since). So one thing to watch would be whether Google reveals plans to allow developers to integrate the digital assistant into their apps.
It's fair to say that Android TV hasn't exactly set the home entertainment world alight so far. Apps and services developed by Google and Volvo Cars are embedded in the vehicle, plus thousands of additional apps are available through the Google Play Store that is optimised and adapted for Android-based auto infotainment systems.
Volvo is not the only auto manufacturer partnering with Google to bring out infotainment systems.
The new Volvo system could include over-the-air updates and third-party apps to Sensus.
"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. In a blog post on Monday Google explained how the new visual templates will make it easy to find media content. 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 auto via over-the-air updates.