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17 May, 2017, 02:10 | Author: Randy Kelley
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One with a Google-designed interface, which would be similar to a "Pure Google" Pixel phone, and one that has been skinned with a custom interface from Fiat-Chrysler, which is similar to what Android smartphone partners like Samsung and LG do. All the other features in the list, like Shopping, Music can be controlled through voice, so very soon users will be able to tell Google to remind them, for instance, to order Amazon's Alexa in an hour.

Audi and Volvo are committed to Google after a promise that Android function will be an inherent part of their cars from now onwards.

Google will reveal more details about Android in-car integration at its I/O conference this week.

Thanks to the rate at which digital technologies are developing plus the crucial importance the smartphone now plays in the average person's daily life, the vehicle as we know it is simply a short trip away from becoming a rolling computer or a handset on wheels.

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Both Volvo and Audi appear to have been given a lot of leeway with the UI in the screenshots on Google's blog, things look to be skinned pretty heavily. Much like past year, Google will be hosting its annual conference at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View from Wednesday to Friday.

Audi continues its push into the high-tech auto space with a demonstration this week at Google's annual developer conference. The large catalogue of popular Android apps which will be developed by Google, Volvo, or third party developers will offer connected and predictive services in and around the auto. That's why Google has been working on Android Automotive, a full-fledged, Android-based operating system that fully integrates with your car's on-board computer systems. Well, there are chances that Google is going to launch the Assistant for IOS users too at the I/O conference this week.

Your next auto could be a giant Android device on wheels.

With Android Auto, you can upgrade your car's in-dash tech simply by buying a new phone, but with Android built in, you'd likely have to rely on the automaker for OS updates, and your mechanic for tech support. This is a big step forward, as most smart features in cars are reliant on connectivity with a smart device, whereas Android Auto is an operating system built into the vehicle itself.

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