Volvo's infotainment system to get native Google Maps and Assistant

Android P will finally restrict apps from monitoring your network activity

Like every other time, Google might introduce the new version of Android which is the Android P. However, users can also expect that Google might make some other announcement related to the software features that would be available for the users. 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.

For those not familiar with Android Things and the IoT world, just know that this platform "does the heavy lifting with certified hardware, rich developer APIs, and secure managed software updates using Google's back-end infrastructure", to help device makers focus on building wonderful products, not the other stuff.

If you're a developer interested in Android Things, you'll want to check out the release notes and Build with Android Things for kits, sample code, and community projects. The company goes on to say that "even after the official support window ends, you will still be able to continue to push app updates to your devices".

Android derivatives aim to provide users with a consistent interface across devices, while Google and its business partners benefit from a standard way to distribute their applications.

Sonos' upcoming speaker is believed to incorporate Amazon's Alexa smart assistant instead of Google's, however, and there's no word on what operating system the Sonos audio product will run, if any. Let us know in the comments!

The only bad news is the timeline: although Volvo will be exhibiting the features at this week's I/O conference, the Swedish automaker said it would be "several years" until you can buy a Volvo powered by Android.

Last month Google launched Android Auto wireless for its own phones for compatible cars.

Chromecast isn't a new name in the world of streaming online content from our Android or Computer to a TV. It's like someone mashed together a high-end speaker bar, a Google Home, and an Android TV media streamer like the Nvidia Shield, all into one sleek-looking package. Future Volvo cars, therefore, shall offer drivers up-to-date information as well as predictive services.

Assistant on Google Home has improved a lot over the past year, but it's still not as good as it is on our phones. It would be great if Google announced that a unified Assistant experience was coming to all of its devices, with syncing and continuity throughout all of them. This includes Smart Speakers from LG and iHome and Smart Displays from Lenovo, LG, and JBL that are expextec to hit the market later this year.

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