Volvo details Android-powered infotainment system

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"The goal is to enable them to be built faster, cheaper and more secure", said Venkat Rapaka, a product management director at Google.

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

Google today revealed that it has teamed up with JBL to develop a new hybrid soundbar that's going to double as an Android TV-powered set-top box as well.

Volvo announced it is working with Google to embed the voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system, based on Google's Android operating system.

Arete Research analyst Richard Kramer, on Android's prior successes in branching out: "If you're charitable, you say it's early". 'If you're not, you say Android is irrelevant outside phones'.

Cars.com's Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. Shipments of smartwatches with Google's Wear OS were outnumbered five-to-one by rival Apple devices a year ago, according to research firm IDC.

Reuters reported that in each category, Google's Android system posted less market share past year than manufacturer-customized Android variants, which are less fruitful for Google because they typically are not pre-loaded or compatible with its apps.

Android Things software was initially a rebranding of Brillo, an Internet of Things OS Google debuted in May 2015. 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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