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Volvo teams up with Google for Google Assistant, Play Store and Maps

08 May 2018, 12:48 | Deanna Wagner

Volvo teams up with Google for Google Assistant, Play Store and Maps

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Given Microsoft's own IoT platforms-Windows IoT Core/Enterprise and the more streamlined Azure Sphere-it is perhaps natural to compare Google's offering to Microsoft's. Google is also highlighting startups Mirego and Byteflies who embraced Android Things to deliver a large photo display network connected to photo booths in Montreal, as well as a docking station meant to securely connect one's wearable to the cloud in order to upload their health data.

Google may have gone quiet on Android Things after its initial debut more than a year ago, but it has been hard at work on the effort. This means that even if the car's owner doesn't sport an Android phone, as long as he owns a Volvo model with Sensus, he/she will have access to many features that are part of Android Auto. It also has four HDMI ports (presumably three in, one out) and supports HDMI switching in the soundbar itself, so it can act as a basic AV receiver as well.

While Google does not charge hardware manufacturers for Android, it expects consumers to use new gadgets to continue using its search product, watch videos on YouTube and buy content from its Play Store. Here are a couple of keynotes that we have gathered so far. Past year at I/O, we saw Android Automotive's debut, a phone-less version of Android Auto for specific cars, and now, we're getting more details on that, as well as a slight revamp for Android Auto itself. In Volvo's case, the entire car's operating system will be Android although Volvo will be able to tailor the actual experience similar to how smartphone OEMs customize their phones.

Given that Google's I/O developer conference starts tomorrow, it's a bit curious that Google chose to make the 1.0 announcement a day early.

The JBL Link Bar will land sometime this fall for an undisclosed price. We have seen that till now, Google had nothing interesting to offer in this segment.

A Google Assistant-enabled smart soundbar with Android TV is a solution to several problems at once, and if it's the start of a whole line of Google-centric home theater products, it could be the thing to start making Android TV a household name.

Google has announced a new product just a day before I/O 2018 kicks off, the JBL Link Bar, a voice controlled sound bar for your television with Android TV built-in.

Google I/O annual developer conference officially gets underway on Tuesday, May 8 in Mountain View California.

Even though it was released in 2015, the Pixel C is still one of the better Android tablets ever made, mainly because most Android tablets are pretty bad.

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