Volvo Cars in infotainment and connectivity partnership with Google

Nichole Vega
May 17, 2017

I spy Google Maps and Spotify. Tesla has already integrated this functionality into the Model S and Model X with an in-house interface, but the system isn't Android-based.

Volvo's Android integration will arrive in new models "within two years", according to a company release about the partnership.

Android is coming to your auto - and you won't even need to bring your phone along for the ride.

Although Apple has CarPlay, which competes directly with Android Auto, there are no stated plans for vehicle infotainment systems that run iOS.

The exact feature set isn't clear yet, but Google suggested in a blog post on Monday that Android will be able to control the car's air conditioning, sunroof, and windows.

The photos included with the announcement speak volumes. But all that is about to change, since Android will be powering the infotainment systems in some cars.

And Volvo is not alone in deciding to build closer ties with Google. The app could be announced at Google's I/O conference which takes place in the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California from May 17 to May 19.

Google I/O kicks off Wednesday morning, and we'll be glued to the keynote to see if this rumor comes to fruition.

In 2015 it launched Android Auto, which allowed owners of Android handsets to display information from their smartphones on the car's dashboard. Honda delivers the 2012-era Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on the 2017 Honda Accord; Hyundai is even worse, delivering Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That would mean third party hardware that can include Google Assistant, like other speakers, NVIDIA's Spot, etc. Google's app solution is a big question for this vehicle Android OS-is there a version of the Google Play Store on-board? But as expected, it isn't the full-featured experience found on Android devices.

The German brand has not chose to show off new cars in front of potentially wealthy developers who use Google's products, but to present its latest multimedia technology.

Instead of relying on a smartphone app for music streaming, for example, the app could be installed directly onto the car's infotainment system.

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