Android Things 1.0 is ready for consumer devices

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As well as offering Android as an embedded infotainment platform, Google will continue to offer Android Auto smartphone projection in as many cars as possible, which reduces distraction by eliminating the need to pick up the phone for tasks like setting Maps directions or sending messages.

If Google has its way, more of your smart home products will be powered by its latest take on Android. Google Maps will help drivers navigate from one location to another, while Google Assistant will allow the driver to use his/her voice to control things like the car's air conditioner, music, and messaging. There have been numerous beta versions for developers to play with, but now that the operating system has been officially launched we can expect to see it popping up on a wide range of devices.

"A big investment has been to take Android, the mobile platform, and make that a true automotive platform", Patrick Brady, vice president of engineering for Android, told Fortune.


There will be announcements about the future of Android and Google's AI efforts.

The next version of Android is nearly certainly going to get a mention tomorrow. And Brady predicts "crazy adoption" by automakers.

The company announced the apps would be added to Volvo's Sensus infotainment system. Previous 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. Apps and services developed by Google and Volvo Cars are embedded in the vehicle, plus thousands of additional apps are available through the Google Play Store that is optimised and adapted for Android-based auto infotainment systems.


Android Things, the company's attempt to build an operating system optimized for IoT gadgets, is now out of beta.

Volvo Cars' partnership with Google will further enhance the way Volvo customers engage with and interact with their cars. So it makes sense that Google wants to include some new visual templates to Android Auto that will place browsable content front and center when an application is opened so you can quickly and easily start the task you're wanting. "The Android platform, Google services and Google's working relationship with app developers in-house and worldwide will help us further improve the Volvo vehicle experience".


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