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Volvo Cars' intended partnership with Google will further enhance the way Volvo customers engage with and interact with their cars. The real battle is over the operating system of a vehicle's infotainment system.

The use of Android Things console for software updates is however limited to 100 active devices for non-commercial use and developers looking to ship a commercial product running on Android Things must sign a distribution agreement with Google to remove the device limit. In a blog post, the company details a few new tweaks that are coming to the system, starting with the arrival of better group messaging.

It's also interesting to note that aside from using "Hey Google" voice commands to control media playback, it will also be possible to give Assistant voice commands to play music from the hybrid soundbar even when the TV is powered off.

"A big investment has been to take Android, the mobile platform, and make that a true automotive platform", Patrick Brady, vice president of engineering for Android, told Fortune.

About a month ago, we saw rumored images of a new 4K Chromecast like Android TV dongle through the FCC (which has been taken down since). But for folks on the technical side of things, Android Things 1.0 could open a whole new set of opportunities.

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Wearables is another segment in which Google would like to announce developments in. And Brady predicts "crazy adoption" by automakers. "If you're not, you say Android is irrelevant outside phones". The experience runs on a slightly older version of Android, 7.0, and is skinned to still look like a Volvo entertainment system.

Google on Monday officially launched the stable version of its embedded operating system platform Android Things, having announced that Android Things 1.0 is now available for download and use.

Now Volvo is building on those plans. But Android Things runs on comparatively gigantic board PCs like Raspberry Pi in addition to a new generation of "system on a module" (SOM) chipsets.

"The Android platform, Google services and Google's working relationship with app developers in-house and worldwide will help us further improve the Volvo auto experience", says Volvo Cars R&D senior vice president Henrik Green.

Google Maps will also enable the next generation of Sensus to provide refreshed map and traffic data in real time, keeping drivers informed about upcoming traffic situations and proactively suggesting alternative routes.

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