Android Auto gets a big boost on eve of Google I/O

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The features are finally inbound ahead of this week's Google I/O conference. You can say it's a bit like a Chromecast rolled into a soundbar and maybe positioned by Google as a way to upgrade your TV set, without actually changing your TV.

Android P This will be one of the biggest announcements from Google.

The design of the iPhone X is such that there is no room left for the home button that has been synonymous with iPhones thus far.

This week, Google and Volvo have announced that Google Maps, Google Assistant, and even the Play Store will be coming to Volvo's Sensus infotainment system.

And, as odd as this may seem, Microsoft seems to offer some important advantages over Google, which has struggled to gain acceptance of Android outside of smartphones. The still unnamed Android P has been available as a developer preview since March and includes improved privacy settings, plus tweaks to menus, docks, and settings screens. So you won't even need Android Auto to use Google apps.

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Under the partnership, Google Assistant will help drivers control in-car functions. "Using the Google Assistant, you can easily communicate with a group of friends while keeping your hands on the wheel", Google adds. Moreover, Flutter will also be the app platform for Google's new Fuschia so we are definitely going to hear a lot more about in the future.

Android Things provides hardware and software developers with all the necessary SDKs to build all kinds of IoT devices.

Following its announcement of an Android-based infotainment system past year, Volvo is taking another step toward integrating its tech with Google. Four times as many smart TV shipments past year had Samsung's operating system as Android TV, according to IHS Markit. These are the Amazon Echo Show-like devices from LG, JBL, and Lenovo that all sport Google Assistant. So it's no surprise that Google, with a dedicated its research division, has grand plans of its own for AI, and we might see some of its machine learning capabilities in I/O 2018. But other developers will have the option of leveraging the same OS to create their own products.And if you're looking to create a new Android Things product, Google is offering a limited program to partner with the broader Android Things team for technical guidance and support.

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.

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