Google's Android Things IoT platform comes out of beta

08 May, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Kelly Sanders
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Volvo Cars announced Monday ahead of the Google I/O developer conference that it will embed voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps, and other Google services into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system.

The Google Assistant provides a central voice interface for the auto that allows drivers to control in-car functions such as air conditioning, and use apps to play music and send messages.

The use of Android Things console for software updates is however limited to 100 active devices for non-commercial use and developers looking to ship a commercial product running on Android Things must sign a distribution agreement with Google to remove the device limit. 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. This combination speaker bar, smart speaker, and Android TV hub will turn pretty much any television into a smart streaming powerhouse.

Volvo is not the only vehicle manufacturer partnering with Google to bring out infotainment systems. These platforms are now available in hundreds of new cars.


We also don't know the price yet but it will be available this fall.

Android Things, Google IoT platform for developers who want to build connected devices, is now out of beta, as the company today announced. Not only will it be the kind of soundbar that one would expect get from a company like JBL, it will also run Android TV which means it will power a smart TV experience for TVs. "We think we're setting a new benchmark for infotainment (in cars)". When a user asks Google Assistant to search for a song or an artist, Assistant will offer users some alternative suggestions as well. Google is teasing "a brand new media experience for Android Auto, both on your phone screen and on your vehicle display, making it easier and faster than ever before to surface content to users" in its I/O app. The party trick here is the Android TV and Assistant built-in. In addition, Google Maps can be expected to provide real-time information of traffic patterns, and brings about a newer map. It's a Google Home.

Although officially Google IO doesn't begin until tomorrow that hasn't stopped Google from beginning their announcements. Introduced at the past year's I/O, the Lenovo Mirage So Lo standalone day dream VR headset last but not least saw the light of day in CES 2018.

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