Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Technology | By Kate Woods

Apple iPhone 8: Siri Won't Be The Only Assistant

Apple iPhone 8: Siri Won't Be The Only Assistant

The company has signed a deal with Audi and Volvo to bring a car-focused version of Android to market, with Google building and licensing the OS for auto makers just as it does for phone OEMs. The alliance between the two titans of their respective industries promises to usher in a new era of such services that will transform how Volvo customers engage and interact with their cars.

It is the world's most popular operating system for mobile phones, and it could soon become an inbuilt feature in cars. They will be able to get creative - connecting cars and smart home assistants, for example, while using a recognised coding language. Whereas users now project car-specific versions of apps to a dashboard running other software; full Android integration will allow Android to independently power he entire system. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January that it is developing a concept for running a version of Android in the dashboard.

The partnership will give its customers access to a wide array of apps and services, including Android apps developed by Google, Volvo and third parties.

The photos consisted of the announcement speak volumes.

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All the new features of the latest update to Google Home do not belong to the live build as of now, so they could be reconsidered or the company could effect some changes at any stage.

Google is planning to bring the fast and accurate Google Assistant, a rival to Apple's Siri, to the iPhone at the company's Google I/O press conference that kicks off on Wednesday, May 17th. Even more significant, however, is that this marks the search giant branching out from its standard Android Auto offering.

Previous editions of the conference have seen the unveiling of major new products and services such as the Chrome browser, Google Glass, Android TV, Google Play, Google + and its "Android Wear" OS for wearables. Microsoft released the Cortana app for both iOS and Android devices back in 2015.

Rather than simply take the pain out of pairing a handset with a car's system, this new partnership aims to take things to the next logical step.

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