Google launched Wednesday at its Google I/O 2023 event numerous new options and companies designed for automobiles, together with video conferencing, gaming and YouTube because the tech firm continues its drive additional into the automotive world.
The corporate has been making inroads into automotive by way of two paths: Android Auto, an app that runs on the person’s telephone and wirelessly communicates with and initiatives navigation, parking, media and messaging to the car’s infotainment system, and Google built-in, which is powered by its Android Automotive working system and integrates Google companies instantly into the car. Android Automotive OS is modeled after its open-source cellular working system that runs on Linux. However as a substitute of working smartphones and tablets, Google modified it so automakers may use it of their automobiles.
Google’s goal is to energy the entire related automobile expertise. And it’s having success.
Google has turn into so commonplace in automobiles that Android Auto is predicted to be out there in round 200 million automobiles by the tip of the yr, the corporate mentioned at its annual builders occasion.
Google additionally mentioned it expects the variety of automobiles with Google built-in to double by the tip of this yr, together with in manufacturers like Chevrolet, Renault, Volvo, Polestar and Honda. (Google didn’t share what number of automobiles have Google built-in right now). Because of this much more automobiles will probably be built-in instantly with Google apps and companies like Assistant, Maps and Play.
Right here’s a roundup up what’s coming:
Extra methods to stream and recreation
Google introduced Wednesday it can make YouTube out there to all automobiles with Google-built in, beginning with Polestar.
YouTube joins an inventory of different out there vide-streaming apps like Tubi and Epix Now.
Within the coming weeks, Polestar vehicles will begin to display YouTube as an choice for obtain and streaming on the automobile’s Google Play Retailer. Google says extra automobile manufacturers which have Google built-in will quickly observe. OEMs simply must undergo their respective software program replace processes to convey it to their automobiles, in accordance with the corporate.
You may also recall that Mercedes struck a deal earlier this yr with Google to convey YouTube and different apps to future automobiles.
Talking of issues to do whereas ready for an EV to cost or parked curbside, now of us who personal automobiles with Google built-in can even be capable of play video games from GameSnacks, a group of bite-sized video games like Solitaire, Seaside Buggy Racing and My Speaking Tom Buddies from publishers like Vector Unit, FRVR and Outfit7 Restricted.
GameSnacks is already out there on Android Auto and practically one million players per thirty days are utilizing it, the corporate mentioned.
Get extra completed
Android Auto is working with Cisco, Microsoft Teams and Zoom to allow conferencing. That implies that quickly, customers will be capable of be a part of a name instantly from their automobile’s show. This function will solely enable customers to hitch by way of audio — for now.
Automobiles with Google built-in can even quickly have extra integration with Google Assistant. Over the subsequent few months, automobiles will begin seeing sensible recommendations for messaging, in accordance with the corporate.
Leaning into crowdsourced navigation
Google bought Waze, the favored navigation app, again in 2013. Fairly than folding Waze’s expertise into Maps, Google has maintained the separate product, even when Google combined Waze and Maps groups final December amid stress to chop prices.
In March, Waze launched the power for customers to find a charge point nearby by way of the cellular app. And since it’s Waze, the neighborhood of volunteers ensures that customers have all of the information earlier than driving over, like whether or not the cost factors truly work or if it’s the best plug kind.
On Wednesday, Waze introduced plans to embody customers who drive with Waze in-car on Android Auto, Google built-in or Apple CarPlay. Meaning drivers will now be capable of obtain that data of their in-car show with out having to make use of their cell phone.
Including onto Android for Automobiles App Library
In 2020, Google opened its Cars App Library for builders and OEMs to make use of so they may design, develop and take a look at apps made for navigation, parking or charging which are suitable with two totally different, however generally overlapping platforms: Android OS and Android Auto. It additionally means builders can create one app that ought to work seamlessly between numerous makes and fashions of automobiles. The library has templates that builders can faucet in order that they guarantee their apps meet driver distraction requirements.
Android for Cars App Library, which is obtainable as a part of Jetpack, was created to help the Android Automotive working system which is powered by Android Automotive OS. Many third-party builders like Spotify have used the Android for Automobiles App Library to create and publish their Android Auto apps to the Play Retailer. When Google took the step in 2020 to increase Automobiles App to the working system, it meant builders solely wanted to construct as soon as.
At Google I/O day, Google expanded the varieties of apps builders can convey to automobiles with Android Auto to incorporate web of issues (IoT) and climate apps. All builders can entry the IoT class, however climate continues to be in an early entry program. As a part of this, the Climate Channel app will probably be out there later this yr.
Moreover, builders excited by constructing apps for passenger and parked experiences can now convey video, recreation and browser apps which are normally out there on tablets over to automobiles to be distributed instantly by way of Play. And since Google Voice Assistant is inbuilt, builders may have the choice of including Assistant integrations into their apps to facilitate extra hands-free interactions.
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