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

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

Alphabet's Google (GOOG +0.7%)(GOOGL +0.9%) launches an Android Things operating system spinoff for home appliances and other machines like cash registers and vending machines.

While the JBL Link Bar is likely to take some of the wind out of Sonos' sails, keep in mind that Sonos not only has a more robust multi-room audio platform of its own design going for it, but also its last product - the Sonos One - was easily the best-sounding smart speaker released previous year.

Chromecast isn't a new name in the world of streaming online content from our Android or Computer to a TV. The party trick here is the Android TV and Assistant built-in.

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Moreover, this time Google has specially planned to address few vulnerable issues which caused a lot of issues in the previous versions of Android. Let us know your thoughts below. This means that even if the car's owner doesn't sport an Android phone, as long as he owns a Volvo model with Sensus, he/she will have access to many features that are part of Android Auto. We have seen that till now, Google had nothing interesting to offer in this segment.

While the first stable build of the platform packs a number of improvements and tweaks outlined below, its overall goal remains unchanged, with Google still pitching it as the ultimate solution for IoT manufacturers interested in cutting software development, maintenance, and general deployment costs, thus being able to commit more resources to other aspects of their products such as hardware and marketing or simply increase profit margins. It's just a secondary interface that lays on top of an operating system. There are chances that the company will shed more light on Wear OS in this event and outline the future plans for the platform. All of these modules have been certified for production use, and should make it easier for developers to bring their prototypes to the masses.

Android Things 1.0 will also continue support for the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and NXP i.MX7D devices that to allow developers to build and test their ideas.

Nevertheless, interest in Android Things appears to be gaining some traction among developers. These platforms are now available in hundreds of new cars. These will likely be more comparable to Azure Sphere.