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Volvo teams up with Google for Google Assistant, Play Store and Maps

Volvo teams up with Google for Google Assistant, Play Store and Maps

We should hear more about it during the I/O keynote. The company goes on to say that "even after the official support window ends, you will still be able to continue to push app updates to your devices".

The IoT market, along with all the smart devices that fill it up, is one area that Google wants to capitalize on, and Android Things looks like one way to do that. Along with that, there's also native support for multiple cameras so that you can get Portrait Mode-style effects in third-party apps like Instagram. The company has recently disclosed that it has over 1 million "Actions" supported by Google Home smart speakers.

Google is also highlighting startups Mirego and Byteflies who embraced Android Things to deliver a large photo display network connected to photo booths in Montreal, as well as a docking station meant to securely connect one's wearable to the cloud in order to upload their health data. Four times as many smart TV shipments a year ago had Samsung's (005930.KS) operating system as Android TV, according to IHS Markit.

The JBL Link Bar is controlled by Google Assistant and powered by Android TV. It will be based on Android Oreo ecosystem for the apps with a redesigned home screen. Google offers Family Link, a suite of tools that allows parents to regulate how much time their children can spend on apps and remotely lock their child's device. In addition, Google Maps can be expected to provide real-time information of traffic patterns, and brings about a newer map.

Finally, it's the group messaging functionality, available via the Google Assistant.

We are expecting to see some new features being announced at the Google I/O 2018. 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. It was recently discovered that Android apps on current and previous versions of the OS get unrestricted access to your network activity. There are a lot of ways Google can improve it-better microphones, a new wake word, a lower price-and with new Google Assistant capabilities, an update to the original Google speaker would fit right in.

So, what are your expectations for the Google I/O 2018? Let us know in the comments!

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