Google announces new Android Auto features, Google apps on Volvo infotainment systems

Google I/O 2018 kicks off May 8, and we can't wait to hear what's cooking for developers and fans.

Perhaps the most crucial part of this week's I/O keynote could have to do with artificial intelligence.

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

Health technology startup Byteflies, an Android Things tester, said it viewed the system's optional integration with Google's cloud computing service and the large Android developer community as big advantages.

Android variants thrive in China, where Google does not operate.

Under the partnership, Google Assistant will help drivers control in-car functions.

We don't have power or speaker specs just yet, but if it's at all based on JBL's current entry-level soundbar you're looking at about 30W of power and a pair of tweeters supported by a woofer - typical stuff for this kind of product. As we saw at I/O previous year, Google is working with specific vehicle brands to integrate the best of Android Auto into the native interface for some cars, meaning those cars essentially run on Android, but without needing your phone to work. We'll be there to share all of the new announcements made, but Google is getting a jump start on things with a sneak peek at some changes happening to Android Auto in the near future.

Even though it was released in 2015, the Pixel C is still one of the better Android tablets ever made, mainly because most Android tablets are pretty awful. Although it's just a rumour so, the actual one might vary.

Microsoft is now beating Google in two major areas namely security and hardware compatibility. It also brought some much-needed improvements in the product such as prolonged battery life and a dark mode.

Ever since Google came up with their native Google Assistant, it turned out to be a spotlight for them.

We are expecting to see some new features being announced at the Google I/O 2018.

Google, the tech giant is all set to introduce a revamped Bluetooth functionality in the Chrome OS.

The Play platform should see some modest gains this year starting with Google News. However, third-party manufacturers have been snapping up Chrome OS and baking it into their new tablets, and that's a good thing for everyone. Not only is it a fully-featured Assistant speaker and soundbar, but it also gives users a complete Android TV experience. However, still, we can hope for something better from Google I/O 2018.

  • Fernando Stephens