With Google Home speakers becoming more globally available and the Assistant now being compatible with over 1,500 major-brand smart-home products and partnered with big players such as Spotify, Pandora, CBS, Netflix - the brand is a strong contender with Amazon's Alexa. We'll be there to share all of the new announcements made, but Google is getting a jump start on things with a sneak peek at some changes happening to Android Auto in the near future. The automobile company, known for its focus on safety, announced today that the next generation of its Android powered Sensus infotainment system will include Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store.
"In two to five years, you're going to see more than half of new cars sold will be running Android", Brady said.
Google I/O which stands for "innovation in the open" brings together developers from around the globe for talks, hands-on learning with Google experts, and a first look at its latest developer products. That incorporation makes it easier for developers as they can use the same tools they use to build Android apps and devices.
Moreover, this time Google has specially planned to address few vulnerable issues which caused a lot of issues in the previous versions of Android. However, it seems like users will be able to access some of the Android Auto features even without owning an Android phone. "The Android platform, Google services and Google's working relationship with app developers in-house and worldwide will help us further improve the Volvo auto experience". Think about the Smart Displays that were shown off at CES earlier this year.
Android variants thrive in China, where Google does not operate.
What happens after three years isn't totally clear. Android TV activations doubled last year compared to the year before, while vehicles with Android embedded should arrive next year, company officials told Reuters.
Android Automotive was gaining attention from Indian automakers and from Brazil, said Patrick Brady, a Google engineering vice president.
Google is trying to save its wearable technology platform by rebranding Android Wear as Wear OS. However, Android Things isn't meant to specifically launch more Google ecosystem devices or even be an Android accessory.