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

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

The annual developer conference will kick off at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California on 8th May.

It's all thanks to Android - not Android Auto, but the actual Android operating system.

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.

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. However, enabling this functionality on the basic framework of Android P will mean that manufacturers don't have to specifically develop such functionality on their UI overlays.

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.

There's also support for music playback, including if the TV itself is turned off. That means Android Auto will probably get some keynote time, and it could be getting a whole lot more powerful.

Microsoft Build 2018: Developing Around Windows
Nadella also pointed to Microsoft's internal efforts to establish an ethics board for artificial intelligence technology. What follows are five key announcements from Microsoft in connection with its Build 2018 developers conference.

Why this matters: Android TV received Google Assistant support late last year and a UI overhaul with the Oreo update earlier this year, but app support is still lacking when compared to Apple TV, Roku, and Fire TV.

The Play platform should see some modest gains this year starting with Google News. Four times as many smart TV shipments past year had Samsung's operating system as Android TV, according to IHS Markit.

We're also expecting to get an update regarding an AI-powered smart replies for chat notifications from messaging apps (Facebook Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp), a better support for streaming HDR digital media content and more.

Google announced integration with Volvo cars ahead with Google Maps, Apps and Assistant integration.

Google announced back in 2016 with the unveiling of Android Things that this would be a way for the company to handle some of the software present in these devices as well as set down the underlying intelligence features. The productivity sections on most app stores are crammed with tools to help you organise your life.

Rumors about Google developing a cheaper Pixel phone have swirled ever since the first Made-by-Google phone landed, but this year it may actually come true.

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