Be­com­ing An­droid-cen­tric

Audi and Volvo to use An­droid OS in up­com­ing cars.

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Re­cently, Google an­nounced that it has en­tered part­ner­ships with automotive mak­ers Audi and Volvo. The car mak­ers also an­nounced that all their fu­ture cars will be in­stalled with Google’s An­droid OS for au­to­mo­biles.

Specif­i­cally, the car mak­ers will be build­ing new branded in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems us­ing the An­droid 7.0 Nougat sys­tem (which, hope­fully, can be up­dated to fu­ture An­droid OS via OTA up­dates). This means that man­u­fac­turer-tweaked ver­sions of Google’s OS will power the cars’ main touch­screen dis­plays, as well as the dig­i­tal dash­boards be­hind the steer­ing wheel. In ad­di­tion, Audi and Volvo will also be adding new ser­vices like Google As­sis­tant to the apps and in­te­gra­tions that are al­ready avail­able on An­droid Auto.

This also means that, ac­cord­ing to on­line news por­tal The Verge, the An­droid OS will now be given com­plete con­trol over a car’s ba­sic func­tions, such as heat­ing and cool­ing, seat po­si­tion, and even the open­ing and clos­ing of the win­dows.

Audi has ap­par­ently be­gun show­ing off its ver­sion of the newly-im­ple­mented An­droid OS in its Q8 Sport con­cept SUV, whereas Volvo will only be able to demon­strate a fully-func­tion­ing con­cept of its new An­droid OS-pow­ered car within the next two years.

At the time of writ­ing, Google said that this automotive ver­sion of An­droid would still be open source, and that it would also not nec­es­sar­ily lock out Ap­ple’s CarPlay, even if it were run­ning on the An­droid Auto app.

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